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Volume 98 ■ Number 2 
November/December 1997 

Here & Now 

Sizer's Vision 

%A/ hen I read this fall that Ted 
T T and Nancy Sizer had sold 
their Providence house and were retiring 
to central Massachusetts, I thought, "Its 
the end of an era." But while the Sizer 
years at Brown are over, the school- 
reform movement he launched in the 
1980s will oudive the man himself. 

Amiably tweedy, afire with ideas, Sizer 
arrived thirteen years ago to chair the 
education department and to found the 
Coalition of Essential Schools, which is 
based on ideas articulated in his 1984 
book, Horace's Coiiiproiiiise:Thc DUenwm of 
the American High School. 

Sizer's vision was to give the manage- 
ment of high schools back to the teach- 
ers, students, and parents who are most 
invested in them. This now commonplace 
idea ran counter to a nascent movement 
acivocatmg increased centralization ot 
school authority and standardization ot 
curricula and tests. Sizer believed students 
need to become active rather than passive 
learners, with teachers serving as coaches, 
not lecturers. "We should expect [stu- 
dents] to learn more while being taught 
less," he told the BAM in 1986. By less, 
Sizer meant fewer subjects taught for 
longer blocks of time. "Class periods h.ive 
become a series of hydrant openings," 
Sizer complained, "from which students 
are supposed to drink." 

Sizer's less-is-more scenario, with its 
"exhibitions of mastery" in place of 
examinations and its unorthodox notions 
about age-grouping and teacher auton- 
omy, drew fire from skeptical school 
boards and from Ronald Reagan's under- 
secretary of education, who called it 
fuzzy. But many teachers, parents, and 
principals found that the Coalition's prin- 
ciples acidressed their frustrations. 

For more than twelve years, Sizer's 
impact on Brown and the national 
educatuin-reform movement has been 
enormous. From twelve high schools in 
1984, the C'oalition has grown to more 
than 230 schools in nearly forty states 
today. In 1993, Sizer became the first head 
of Brown's Annenberg Institute tor 
School Reform, a key component of for- 

mer Ambassador Walter Annenberg's S.soo 
million commitment to upgrade public 
schooling in the United States. Brown's 
education department also has burgeoned 
since Sizer arrived, with eighteen senior 
concentrators due to graduate in May, up 
from just one in 1986. 

Before he left the state, Sizer tired a 
last salvo at the political and educational 
establishment. Addressing local education 
leaders on October 6, Sizer portrayed 
Rhode Island's poor-performing public 
school system as rich in good people but 
stunted by bureaucracy. He called tor 
equal funding for every student and for 
a decentralization of authoriry, with prin- 
cipals accountable for the quality ot their 
schools, teachers able to decide how to 
present subject matter, and parents free to 
select which schools - anywhere in the 
state - their children will attend. It 
Rhode Island doesn't change, Sizer 
warned, it risks "a further drift [toward] a 
two-tiered school system, one for the 
wealthier and one for everyone else." 

Tomas Ramirez '86, a zone adminis- 
trator for the Providence school depart- 
ment and a former middle-school princi- 
pal, isn't sure Rhode Island can muster 
the political will to implement Sizer's ide- 
alistic oudine. "Ted Sizer's ideas are con- 
troversial," Ramirez says. "But what he 
stands for makes sense educationally. His 
is a message to be taken seriously." 

In 1986, Sizer told the BAM that 
changing schools would be the easy part 
of reform. "The hard part," he noted, "is 
changing people's attitudes." Even in 
retirement, Ted Sizer will keep trying to 
change attitudes. It's simply not 111 his 
nature to let the crowned heads of the 
education establishment rest easy - not so 
long as schools aren't doing right by kids. 

AnNL HINM.^N i)llMI.Y'73 




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A War's Aftermath 

Thanks to the BAM and to Kathy Le '97 
and Phuc Le '97 for Norman Boucher's 
excellent article, "The Long Way Home" 
(May). Following graduation from Brown, 
I entered the army and began mihtary 
and cultural training, including language 
school, ui preparation for going to Viet- 
nam. Soon 1 had lost both neighborhood 
pals from home and classmates from 
Brown m that conflict. 

I spent 1968-69 m Vietnam and left 
with a great admiration and affection for 
the Vietnamese. I have lived and traveled 
in other parts of Asia since then, but I 
continue to have a special fondness for 
Vietnam. Your article helps us understand 
the aftermath ot the war in a poignant 
way. Thanks tor going back and telling us 
about it. 

John IVartoii '66 

Lake Oswego, Oreg. 

Hail to the Chief 

Alter reading the glowing praise of Presi- 
dent Vartan Gregorian ("Mission Accom- 
phshed,"July), 1 asked two colleagues - 
recent graduates - if all the fanfare was 


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deserved. Neither paused; they leaped into 
anecdotes supporting the unparalleled 
greatness of our most recent president. I felt 
a tinge of regret that I had missed the man. 

On a larger scale, 1 was amazed by 
the powerful role model presented by Mr. 
Gregorian. How few leaders possess such 
charisma, intellectual depth, and, perhaps 
most important, such an unabashed love of 
life. How tew men and wonren running 
organizations seem to be enjoying them- 
selves, while concurrently making their 
companies better places to be. 

Brown has always been a special place. 
It seems Vartan Gregorian raised the bar. 
Hats off. 

And welcome, Gordon Gee. 

Matthew A. Carpenter '88 

New York City 


Home Delivery 

How refreshing to find Matthew Gilgoffs 
Studentside essay, "Home Delivery," in 
the July B.4A/. Although it was a sensitive, 
warm, and inspirational piece ot journal- 
ism, its subject was not exactly mainstream. 
Few people outside the pages of mid- 
wifery journals or Motherin}) will admit to 
home birth as an option, much less as a 
beautiful reality. 

The medicalization of the normal birth 
process is one of the biggest scandals ot the 
twentieth century. Mr. Gilgoff's mom was 
right: hospitals are tor sick people, not for 
the vast majority of laboring women and 
their newborns. Although the AMA will 
never admit it, most deliveries - especially 
tor healthy, multiparous women - could 
be done more safely and more cheaply at 

My husband, Reid Kneeland '82, and 
1 are looking forward to sharing our second 
homebirth in early February with Sarah, 
now eight, and Jeremiah, four. Jeremiah and 
his younger sibling will be able to point 
as proudly as Matthew Gilgotf does to the 
bed in which they were both born. 

Thank you for printing this article. 
I can only hope it will help change public 
perceptions of the saner, more family- 
centered birthing alternative. 

Wendy lUlen l-leischinann '82 

Los Angeles 


The Kern Controversy 

Your report on the Dr. David Kern affair 
("Occupational Hazards," Elms, July) 
omits some key details that have since 
come to light. 

Dr. Kern has charged that his hospital- 
based program in occupational medicine 
was shut down in retaliation for his de- 
cision to publish his research results. He 
warned the Brown faculty, as you reported, 
that "all academics at Brown are subject 
to punishment if their publications offend 
powerful outside interests."The Memorial 
Hospital, Dr. Kern's employer, recently 
divulged that his service had been run- 
ning annual deficits as high as $50,000 in 
recent years, and during nine years of 
operation it had attracted a total of $5,000 
in research funding. The hospital pro- 
duced a memo showing it had considered 
closing the service for strategic business 
reasons as early as 1991. 

Dr. Kern also has used the news media 
- the BAM, the Providence Jonrnal, the 
Boston Globe, and others - to accuse the 
University of insufTiciently supporting his 
academic freedom. In fact, the University 
had no knowledge of the confidentiality 
agreement Dr. Kern signed, nor was it 
aware of his consulting arrangement at 
Microflbres hic. By the time he approached 
the University for advice. Dr. Kern was 
already deeply involved in what he called 
a "dilemma." Microfibres had terminated 
his consultancy (though the company 
engaged another physician to continue in- 
vestigations with federal health and safety 
authorities). The dispute between Dr. Kern 
and the company involved disagreements 
over a number of difTerent matters, only 
one of which was the publication ot 
the results of his investigation. These dis- 
agreements escalated because Dr. Kern had 
signed a cont"identialit\' and secrecy agree- 
ment that the company interpreted as 
forbidding publication. Unfortunately, Dr. 
Kern was working without a written con- 
tract to define his rights and obligations. 
It was Dr. Kern's responsibility, as an ex- 
perienced professional, to secure a written 
contract. To frame this as a debate over 
academic freedom is, it seems to me, a very 
selective retelling of the story, and unfiir to 
the UniverMt\' and the school of medicine. 

The BAMi readers should know that 
the University and the medical school 

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support academic freedom - particularly 
the freedom to publish — without condi- 
tions or reservations. Our rules prohibit 
classified research for that very reason, and 
our research administrators will not approve 
agreements or contracts that place restric- 
tions on the right ot tacults' to disseminate 
results ot their research. Our concern in 
this case was that Dr. Kern may have agreed 
to unacceptable hmits on the academic 
freedoms that the University stood ready 
to guarantee him. 

The school of medicine sent an asso- 
ciate dean to attend the May meeting of 
the American Thoracic Society in San 
Francisco at which Dr. Kern presented his 
findings. Her assignment was to demon- 
strate the University's support for Dr. 
Kern's work and his right to disseminate 
the results. In addition. President Vartan 
Gregorian met t\vice with the president of 
Memorial Hospital and brokered an 
arrangement whereby Memorial would 
honor the nvo years remaining in Dr. Kern's 
contract, provide a third year of support 
beyond that, and allow Dr. Kern to con- 
tinue working in his area of specialty. 

The University has honored its com- 
mitment of support for faculty, including 
hospital-based clinical faculty, such as Dr. 
Kern, who are not University employees. 

Donald J. Marsh 

The writer is dean cf medicine and biological 
sciences. — Editor 

Gen X's Examined Lives 

1 just finished reading President Grego- 
rian's speech ("The Examined Life," July) 
and was moved to write. Gregorian 
became president of Brown at the end of 
my senior year, so my class unfortunately 
was unable to enjoy life at the University 
during his tenure. His speech struck me 
as the words of someone who actually 
took the time to understand the spirit of 
the Brown community. 

The same cannot be said for many who 
level criticisms at the University. These 
critics fear that the Brown (and the Amer- 
ica) they knew and loved has been de- 
stroyed by evil forces and that the behavior 
ot a minority of those in the so-called 
Generation X is symptomatic of the moral 
decay ot American societ\'. As a member of 
this generation, I take issue with these crit- 
icisms and with the characterization of my 
peer group as a monolithic, amoral whole. 

For years we have had to listen to 
elitists lamenting the passing of the days 
when university administrations acted in 

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loco parcntii and decrying the "fact" that 
we hold no recognizable values. The vast 
majority of our generation does in tact 
hold values recognizable to any reasonable 
person. While there are, of course, excesses 
(the recent sexual-assault case is one ex- 
ample), those ot us who actually remember 
what It IS like to be young realize that by 
and large such behavior (on the part of 
both the accused student and his accuser) 
is symptomatic of youth, rather than ot 
any moral malaise. 

Our generation, too, despairs at the 
collapse of the community and the disso- 
lution of the tamily.We, too, are disturbed 
bv the seemuig disappearance of citizen- 
ship and civility in our society. But we 
also recognize that a return to the institu- 
tions ot the past is not a solution. Too 
much has changed in America - and at 
Brown, where one can still obtain a rich 
education, be it through coursework, 
through one's own efforts, or (best of all) 
through a combination of both. 

We should trv to learn trom each other. 
We all have things to say and wisdom to 
share, it only we are open to hearing them. 

Donald A. ThumUn 'Sg 

Waltham, Mass. 


Pernicious Absolutes 

In his letter disagreeing with Professor 
Terrence Hopmann's review ot A Spy for 
All Seasons (Mail, July), EdwardV. Killeen 
'54 asserts that he shares the following 
beliet with Duane Clarndge "s3 (author 
ot the book) and most alumni of his era: 
"During the Cold War there were moral 
absolutes, with the United States standing 
tor absolute good and Soviet Commu- 
nism serving as its antithesis." 

In my view, as an alumnus ot that era, 
beliet in moral absolutes is pernicious. 
Wasn't it just this kind ot thinking among 
the Massachusetts Puritans that drove 
Roger Williams to Rhode Island? 
Janici Mtnu'cs '^j 

Prince Edward Island, Canada 

In Praise of Josephson 

Atter reading David Josephson's letter on 
the Lack/Klein atfair ("Sexual Assault 
and the UDC," Mail, July), I feel stirrings 
of a long-dormant hope that Brown can 
be rescued trom the neofascism of politi- 
cal correctness. In spite ot considerable 
gratitude to the University for my educa- 

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tion, I decided years ago that Brown 
would receive no tinancial support from 
me so long as it remained a purveyor of 
subintellectual bilge scrapings. Fortunately, 
most Brown students are bright enough 
that, with time and experience, their 
esteemed educators will come into focus 
as emperors clad in the gauciy panoply of 
their own birthday suits. 

Protessor Josephson, you have done 
what I have long thought impossible: made 
me proud ot Brown again. The clarity 
and integrity of your obvious courage in 
publicly expressing your views to the 
doctrinaire ideologues above and around 
you indicate great strength ot character. 

A)idrcu' K. Gabriel '76 

Altadena, Calif 

Grade Inflation 

In an April article ("Acing It," Elms), vour 
writer, much to my Wall Street Journal- 
thumbing amazement, addressed the grade- 
inflation imbroglio in the context of 
"brutal job markets." Today's turbocharged 
economy has produced 12 million new 
jobs in the last six years and boasts the 
lowest unemployment rate in a quarter- 
century. My work with corporate re- 
cruiters across the country suggests that 
these are times ot good and plenty for 
the campus placement otfice. 

The competition today is for college 
graduates, not jobs. If this employment 
market is "brutal" for students, it can only 
be due to the calorie content ot corpo- 
rate receptions and the bankrupting bills 
of dry cleaners on Thayer Street. 

David IV Bloom 'ji 

Hastings, N.Y. 

The letters on inflated grades (Mail, July) 
compel the question: Can colleges ever 
again become educational institutions? 
Since World War II, the Credential Society 
has used grades to certifv' the docile, the 
reliable, and the pleasers - while almost 
all is tbrgotten after the tinal examination. 
In the short run, we reward the A stu- 
dent. In the long run, the B students end 
up achieving more, while the Cs ot'ten do 
the best of all. 

Litde that 1 have seen in the real world 
even remotelv resembles school — where 
I spent eighteen years being lectured at. 
An ecHucation implies curiosity, creativity, 
interests, selt-directed learning, growth, 
challenging questions, and expanding the 
mind. Schooling is something else again; 
it's extremely ditficult to promote deep 
thought while having people jump 

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through the hoops of arbitrary courses. 

The answers are unclear, but we 
should ask the right questions before "the 
best and the brightest" do us in again. 

Rcbcrt E. Kiiy '_5J 


Satisfactory Calculations 

As the preniedical adviser at Brown since 
1974, 1 must point out an error in a letter 
in the [uly issue ("Inflated Grades," Mail). 
Medical schools do not translate S (satis- 
factory) grades into Cs. At Brown, S grades 
are listed on applications as "courses 
passed" and are never included in grade 

Most Brown prenieds take one course 
S/NC each semester (and have since 
1973) without any problem. We do want 
our premed students to explore and to 
take risks. And the medical schools keep 
on accepting them in large numbers. 

Rcbcrr C. Ripley '62 

The writer is an iissodate dean of the CollctJe. 
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Welles Hangen's Legacy 

It pleases me greatly to see that Brown 
continues to honor the legacy of my 
father, Welles Hangen "49 ("Profiles in 
Courage," Elms, May). 1 believe he is 
smihng every day when you bestow the 
Welles Hangen Award on another of his 
tellow journalists. 

My mother and I are proud of the 
way you have chosen to remember him. 
Thank you for this great honor for my 

Dana Bruni^ Hatiffn 

Concord, Calit. 
The late Welles Hangen, a news correspon- 
dent, vanished in Cambodia along with his 
television crew while covering the Vietnam War. 
The Welles Hangen Award for Distinguished 
Journalism was established in his memory in 
'993 h' Pfsident Gregorian. Dist year's recip- 
ient was Tom Brokaw. - Editor 

Class Secretaries 

Per your July issue: my classmate, Al 
Gerstein, commented on the paucity of 
notes from classes earlier than our own. 
Although your issue contained news from 
classes going back thirty-four years from 
us to 1920, 1 can't deny his observation 
that there are now far fewer alumni older 
than us than there are younger. 

But class notes in the Broivn Ahmini 
Magazine seem thinner than those in 
many of your peer publications, and this 
is particularly true of the older classes. 
The reason relates to the utilization of 
class secretaries, a particularly dormant 
post at Brown. 

When my wife served as secretary for 
her class at Wellesley and our triend for 
his class at Princeton, they were responsi- 
ble for producing their class notes in 
each issue of the alumni magazine. They 
assumed responsibility not merely for 
putting together whatever unsolicited 
material flowed into the magazine office, 
but also for maintaining direct contact 
with classmates. 

Although administration of their activ- 
ity (if Brown were to duplicate Wellesley, 
Princeton, and others) might require some 
additional personnel, I believe it would 
be a worthwhile investment for Brown, 
specifically with respect to the older classes. 
It should be relatively easy to identify 
classmates who have the time to be active 

Bob Wigod '>4 

New York City 

Hats Off 

I am "a Brown man born and a Brown 
man bred, and when I die I'll be a Brown 
man dead." So goes a quote in one of 
our great Brown songs. 

It has been my privilege to be a mem- 
ber of the class of 1945, and I have enjoyed 
keeping up to date on events at "old 
Brunonia's halls" through the BAM. 
Recently, my wife, Dorothy Moyer Gard- 
ner '49, had contact with your oftice 
regarding a nostalgic item tor the Classes 
section ("Passages," Looking Back, 
September/October). This contact made 
us realize how much we enjoy your tme 

Our hats are oft to you tor a job well 
done. Congratulations! 

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IN THE 1847—48 Uni- 
versity course catalog, 
a new listing appeared 
for students who "desired 
a more practical orienta- 
tion" in their studies. Not 
everyone who came to 
Brown wanted to be a 
minister, a teacher, a doc- 
tor, or a lawyer, which 
the University then 
deemed the learned pro- 
fessions. Students m the 
new "English and Scien- 
tific Course" learned 
basic geometry, chemis- 
try, mechanics, naviga- 
tion, and surveying - all 
skills for measuring and 
understanding the workings 
of their industrial-age world. 
A century and a half later, that 
course of study has evolved 
into the Division of Engineer- 
ing, where 550 undergraduate 
and graduate students are 
still trying to understand the 
mechanisms ot the world. 
"I've always been really inter- 
ested in how things work and 
go together," says mechanical 
engineering major Jason 
Puzniak "98. 

What Puzniak and his 
contemporaries study would 
fascinate and puzzle their mid- 
nineteenth-century predeces- 
sors. When Brown started 
training engineers, the transis- 
tor would not be invented 
for another century, and even 
dynamite was twenty years 
away. Todays engineering stu- 
dents, by contrast, must pass 
two years of core requirements 
in the physical sciences; 
computer programming; the 
mechanics of deforiiiable 
bodies; the basics of thermo- 
dynamics; and the fundamen- 
tals of electricity, magnetism, 
optics, physics, and applied 
mathematics - all before they 
even choose a specialty. 
"The philosophy of 


The Way Things Work 

Engineering at 130 

Now and then: Engineering alumnus Thomas Gardner '61 (top photo, with 
glasses at right) looks on as graduate student Christopher Lowrie shows 
visitors the liquid crystal display device he is helping develop. Things were 
simpler, if no less intense, for engineering students in the old days (bottom). 

Brown's program has consis- 
tently been one that demands 
a high level of theoretical 
understanding," says Professor 
Emeritus ot Engineering 
and former provost Maurice 
Glicksman. Students, he adds, 
should "not focus too closely 

on the solution to a particular 
problem," so that they have 
the widest possible range of 
understanding once they reach 
the job market. Such engi- 
neers, Glicksman believes, will 
deal better with today's break- 
neck pace of technological 

change. "Your educa- 
tion." he says, "doesn't 
end when you leave 

To bring this point 
home, in September 
the engineering divi- 
sion celebrated its 150th 
anniversary by inviting 
alumni and leading 
engineers to campus 
for a weekend engi- 
neering bazaar. From 
September 18 to 20, 
researchers in electrical, 
chemical, mechanical, 
civil, and materials en- 
gineering demonstrated 
their works-in-progress 
during laboratory tours 
attended by both engineers 
and more casual spectators. A 
panel of eight experts, each 
with a different specialty, pro- 
vided current students with a 
glimpse into the increasingly 
complex world of the work- 
ing engineer. And Vartan Gre- 
gorian, in his last official 
appearance as president, 
awarded honorary degrees 
to six outstanding engineers, 
including Glicksman. 

Another of the recipients, 
Boeing's Alan Mulally, was 
leader of the team that de- 
signed and built the first 777 
commercial passenger air- 
plane. Mulally told a capacity 
crowd at his Friday session 
that engineering such a com- 
plex machine required man- 
agerial as well as technical 
expertise. After the company 
decided to "involve customers 
111 the design stage" of the 
plane, Mulally explained, one 
of them came back with 300 
suggested design changes. 
"By the time the plane took 
off," Mulally said, "there were 
238,000 people in eighty- 
eight countries working to- 
gether on it. " 

Despite such herculean 

10 ♦ NOVUM liii R ' i)i;ci:MBi.ii 1997 

ertorts invoh'ing so many 
minds, engineering in 1997 
srill allows for smaller-scale 
innov'ation. On Saturday, 
Julia Weertnian, a professor 
ot materials science and engi- 
neering at Northwestern 
University, talked about the 
work ot scientists designing 
new metal alloys that do 
not deform after repeated use. 
It's through such research that 
engineering remains anchored 
to its practical roots: some 
of the metal alloys Weertman 
described, for example, are 
now being used in golf clubs. 
Honorary degree recipient 
Ronald Probstem. a professor 
of mechanical engineering 
at MIT, reminded young engi- 
neers that some of engineer- 
ing's most intractable problems 
have been around since the 
dawn of Brown's program. 
He explained that, despite 
repeated experiments, he had 

been unable to come up with 
a reliable formula for predict- 
ing how a uniform fluid 
flows through a short length 
of straight pipe. 

"We can't describe this 
flow as well as we might 
think," he said, "even if we 
had access to infinite com- 
puting power and a brain the 
size of a whale." Maybe by 
the engineering division's 
lysth. then. - Cluul dilts 

Wing Man 

Retliiiikii{^ the evolution 

question has occupied 
the imagination for as long as 
people have stood, earth- 
bound, looking up. This sum- 
mer, Sam Poore, a second-year 
M.D./Ph.D. student, offered 


Provost James Pomerantz was named acting president until 
the arrival of E. Gordon Gee on January 1. . . .Just in time to greet 
the incoming president, a Mormon, the Undergraduate Council 
of Students approved a new organization: the Latter Day 
Saints Student Association.... Brooke Gonzalez '01, recruited to 
join the women's sailing team, died in a car crash while return- 
ing from practice on September 7 (see obituary, p. 79j.... Alex 
Ponce de Leon '98 was elected national student director ot polit- 
ical affairs for College Democrats of America.... The College 
Curriculum Council approved a new concentration in cognitive 
neuroscience. ...r/ie Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, by Pro- 
fessor of Anthropology and History David Kertzer '69, was nom- 
inated for a National Book Award (see review, p. 20).... 
Book publisher St. Martin's Press agreed to transfer to University 
Archives thousands of books and files, some written by 
Edward Abbey, Jerzy Kosinski, Henry Roth, R. Buckminster Fuller, 
and James Baldwin.... A study coauthored by Clinical Assistant 
Professor of Psychiatry Teresa King in the Journal of Sex & 
Marital Ttierapy suggests that obese women may improve their 
sex lives by losing weight. 

Using a pigeon skeleton, medical and Ph.D. student Sam Poore describes 
how his recent discovery has added credence to the theory that birds 
evolved from dinosaurs. 

a partial answer that has 
attracted the attention not 
only of biologists but of pale- 
ontologists studying whether 
birds evolved from dinosaurs. 

In an article published 
with Atabey Sanchez-Haiman 
'95 and Professor of Ecology 
and Evolutionary Biology Ted 
Goslow in the prestigious 
journal Nature, Poore described 
the complicated mechanics 
required tor a bird to raise its 
wings while flying. Most ot 
the lift and power needed for 
flight are generated by the 
downstroke; a crucial prolilem 
for birds is how to get their 
wings back up without cut- 
ting into this lift and power. 

Scientists have long known 
that a muscle called the supra- 
coracoideus pulls the wing up 
- fourteen times a second for 
a starling. Yet one end ot the 
supracoracoideus is anchored 
below the wing, on the breast 
bone; from there it runs 
through a bony canal in the 
bird's shoulder before hook- 
ing down to the top of the 
wing. "The longtime behet is 
that it pulled the humerus - 
the wing bone closest to the 
shoulder - straight up," Poore 
explains, an action that would 
not necessarily require such 
a complex arrangement. 

Using captive starlings in 
a basement lab of the Bio- 

Medical Center, Poore and 
his colleagues found that the 
muscle's route through the 
bird allows it to e.xert an ex- 
plosive force. After other mus- 
cles pull the wing in toward 
the body, the supracoracoideus 
rotates the humerus violently 
upward. "The elbow conies 
into the body," Poore explains, 
"and then the muscle cranks 
the humerus over —just spins 
it." The bird can then extend 
Its wing back out for the 
next downstroke, having lost 
little forward thrust and lift. 

Prominent paleontologists 
such as John Ostrom, profes- 
sor emeritus of geology and 
geophysics at Yale, recognized 
important evolutionary impli- 
cations in this discovery. Many 
scientists believe that the ear- 
liest known bird, Arcluicop- 
tcryx, a i so-million-year-old 
dinosaurlike animal, may have 
evolved from a group of 
bipedal, ground-dwelling dino- 
saurs called therapods. Thera- 
pods had wrists that could 
rotate, presumably to allow 
them to grasp prey. This twist- 
ing motion may have been key 
to the evolution of Archeop- 
Icryx's ability to manipulate its 
wings enough to tly. 

"The wrist bone that 
allows this twisting is one of 
the key pieces of evidence 
that birds evolved from dino- 


saurs," Poore says, "because 
It's found in both therapods 
and Arcliaeoptcryx." 

Archaeopteiyx, however, 
did not have the bony shoul- 
der canal of modern birds. 
By explaining the importance 
of that canal as part of the 
essential mechanism of bird 
tlight, Poore 's fmdmgs suggest 
that bird evolution may have 
developed in two steps: first 
came the abilir^' to twist a wing 
enough for Arcluicopleryx's 
rudimentary flight, and only 
later came the routing of the 
supracoracoideus muscle that 
produced true flight. It cor- 
rect, the theory helps define a 
difference between Archae- 
opteryx and modern birds; if 
Arcluicopteryx was capable of 
true flight, it used a mecha- 
nism as yet unknown. 

John Ostrom was so im- 
pressed by Poore s work that 
he has coauthored a paper 
with him and Goslow for an 
upcoming issue of Smiihsoitiiiit 
Cotitrihiitioiis lo Paleobiology. 
Heady stuft tor someone 
grinding his way through med- 
ical school. - h'onihiii Boucher 

A Convocation of 

Gregorian and Gee open 

the academic year todctlier 

you," President Vartan 
Gregorian told the first-year 
students sprawled on the 
warm, humid Green for Open- 
ing Convocation on Septem- 
ber 2. "You are getting two 
presidents for the price of one." 
There, smiling on the dais, 
were Brown's present and its 
future: Gregorian and Gee. 

Praising the new students 
as "an aristocracy of talent for 
our democracy," Gregorian 
delivered what amounted to 
a valedictory address. He 
noted the diversirv of faces 


Gee and Gregorian: two presidents for the price of one. 

before him, saying "all of you 
have come through the front 
door at Brown. None of you 
has come through the back 
door." He exhorted the stu- 
dents not to be seduced by 
the ideological fashions of 
the time. "I urge you to resist 
intellectual laziness, intellec- 
tual conformity," he said. He 
then introduced "the most 
important freshman of the 
class of 2001: President-elect 
Gordon Gee." 

"It was undoubtedly easier 
for me to get into Brown than 
it was for you," joked Gee 
as locusts shrilled in the elms 
above him. "I didn't have to 
write an essay, I had several 
on-campus interviews — and 
there weren't 15,000 appli- 
cants." He described his 
"boundless expectations" for 
the class, sprinkling his address 
with such local details as a 
quote from history professor 
James Patterson's Grand Expec- 
tations and references by name 
to individual freshmen and 
their hometowns. Like the 
students, he explained, he'd 
selected Brown "because it is 
a place of choices and chal- 
lenges, civility and compassion, 
ideas and integrity, tradition 
and changes." 

Urging students to reach 
beyond the academic com- 
munity for the greater good 
of society. Gee stated that 
"vour Brown education is 

not simply about getting in, 
but about getting involved. . . . 
I sound a call tor service and 
citizenship, within these gates 
and beyond." Like Gregorian, 
he encouraged boldness. 
"Risk laughter," he said. "Risk 

Pedal Patrol 

Brown 's newest 

might have noticed secu- 
rity officer Zachary Fox 
biking across campus in blue 
shorts, knit shirt, and plastic 
helmet. Contrary to what they 
might have thought, however, 
he wasn't on his way to work 
- he was already there, be- 
ginnins; his eight-hour shift as 
the University's latest innova- 
tion in law enforcement. "It's 
pretty cold out there," Fox 
says with a laugh. "I'm usually 
like, 'Where are my pants?' " 

Fox has been on bike 
patrol since Cominencement, 
when Brown police first 
implemented a long-delayed 

Brealting away: Security Officer Sean Greene patrolling campus. 

being a disturber ot the 
peace." He concluded, "Try, 
try, to make a difterence." 

Gee then saluted his pre- 
decessor, who promised to 
return tor the Commence- 
ment "of each class admitted 
during my presidency." With 
the crowd erupting and ris- 
ing to its feet, the academic 
year — one of endings as well 
as beginnings - was under 
way. - Ainie Diffil)' 

plan to move twelve security 
and police officers out ot 
patrol cars and onto bicycles. 
"As far back as '92, 1 had read 
articles in magazines about the 
efficiency of a bike patrol." 
says Equipment Officer Donald 
Gobin."! contacted some of 
the other groups who were 
using bikes, like the Las Vegas 
metro pohce, and they could- 
n't stop raving about them." 
The Universirv's new 

12 ♦ N t) V l; M 15 1; R / D E t; E M 11 E. H 19 9 7 

Under THE Elms 

police chiet, Paul Verrecchia, 
notes that bicycles are ideal for 
congested areas such as Brown's 
urban campus. "OfBcers can 
zip through tratHc much faster 
than they would be able to in 
a patrol car," he says. "With a 
patrol car, people see otEcers 
drive by, their windows rolled 
up, air conditioning on. They 
may seem niaccessible. With 
bikes the ofBcers are out there 
in the communir\'."" 

Indeed, what sold Verrec- 
chia on the bikes was their 
natural fit with the increasingly 
popular law enforcement 
strateg)' known as commu- 
nity policing. "It's kind of like 
riding a horse," he says. "The 
otFicers have been shocked 
at how readily people will 
approach them when they're 
on their bikes. Police officers 
are human, and they can 
be shy sometimes. They love 
having people come up to 

Four officers are on bike 
patrol at any given time. To 
be selected, an officer has to 
pass a rigorous physical exam 
and complete a bicycle obsta- 
cle course that entails navi- 
gating stairs, sharp turns, and 
hills - a simulation of w^hat 
an officer might encounter 
on the job. "On the first day 
ot training," remembers Fox, 
"I thought I was going to 
die. Now that I'm used to it. 
it's a great form ot exercise." 

The program has proved 
so popular among the officers 
that a fifth bike is in the works, 
and long pants have replaced 
shorts for the frostier months. 
The bike patrols were due to 
e.xchange their two wheels 
for four again on November i : 
soon Zachary Fox will be 
eagerly awaiting the first signs 
of spring thaw. "The officers 
are kind of crazy when it 
comes to their bikes," says 
Donald Gobin."We have to 
force them to come in when 
it's raining hard." - Tcni Still 



when Michael J. 
Ciaraldi's comic 
book collection 
filled its 254th car- 
ton, the computer sci 
entist realized things were 
getting out of hand. It was 
then he decided the time had 
come for someone else to store the 
60,000 issues he'd been amassing 
since the 1970s. Searching for a location 
accessible to the public yet within reason- 
able driving distance from his home in 
Acton, Massachusetts, Ciaraldi settled on 
Brown's John Hay Library. 

The comics join the Wayne D. Poulin 
Collection, which already contained 10,000 
issues donated by Professor of English 
Barton St. Armand. According to John Hay 

curator Rosemary Cullen, Ciaraldi's contri- 
bution includes not only familiar comics 
like the X-Men (above) but also graphic art 
and rare "golden age" issues from the 
early- to mid-twentieth century. 'These 
books give us the ability to discern trends 
in American culture," she says. "This isn't 
just superhero stuff we're talking about." 
- Torri Still 


Dorm life just (^ot 
a little easier 

WHAT DO undergradu- 
ates have in common 
with graduate students? At 
Brown, some now have the 
same address, thanks to a new 
program that houses nine 
graduate students in first- and 
second-year dorms. The idea 
is to replicate the kind ot 
guidance an older sibling can 
provide at home - at least 
the kind of brother or sister 
who, in the words of Carla 
Hansen, associate dean of stu- 
dent life and of the Graduate 
School, is "a friendly, mature, 
responsible person." 

Begun in September by 
Hansen and Associate Dean of 
Student Lite Mary Greineder, 
the program grew out of a 
sense among undergraduate 
peer counselors that, as Grei- 

neder puts It, resolving crises 
111 a dorm can be "scary and 
stressful." In exchange for 
helping with everything from 
burst water pipes to serious 
roommate crises, each of the 
nine graduate students, or 
community directors, gets a 
rent-tree dormitory apartment 
and a stipend comparable to 
that of a teaching assistantship. 

The idea, Hansen says, is to 
provide "a support network 
tor the support network." 

In addition to supplying 
undergraduates with slightly 
older role models, the 
arrangement is cfesigned to 
increase contact between the 
graduate and undergraduate 
communities and to help 
grad students pay their bills. 
"This program made it tlnan- 
cially possible for me to 
attend Brown," says Keeney 
Quad Community Director 
Holly Smith, an environmen- 
tal sciences graduate student 
from Annapolis, Maryland. 

The trick for Smith and 
her colleagues is to help 
guide first- and second-year 
students without being too 
authoritarian and losing their 
trust. "As much as we are 
responsible people," she says, 
"we are not going to lord 
over anybody." D'sunte Wil- 
son, Smith's fellow commu- 
nity director in Keeney 


Under THE Elms 

Quad, hosts Monday night 
dinners where his younger 
dorniniates can talk about 
their concerns and questions. 
"Even though it is challeng- 
ing dealing with a host of 
different personalities, we 
learn from each other," says 
Wilson, a computer-engi- 
neering graduate student 
from Central Islip, New York. 

"We want students, be it 
graduate or undergraduate 
students, to learn from one 
another," says Dean of Stu- 
dent Life Robin Rose. "And 
what better way is there than 
by having them live 
together?" - Riduird P. Moiiii 

Hear Me Out 

Rei'isiiig the student 
discipliihuy code 

the University Discipli- 
nary Council's handling of 
some controversial incidents 
over the last year - notably 
the se.xual-misconduct case 
involving Adam Lack "98 and 
Sara Klein "99 - now have 
a new alternative for set- 
tling their grievances. In 
August the Corporation 
approved changes to Brown's 
nonacademic disciplinary 
code aimed at avoiding some 









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of the confrontational excesses 
of the current process. 

"We need to be sitting 
down as intelligent, civil peo- 
ple," says Provost and acting 
President [ames Pomerantz, 
"and nipping these problems 
in the bud." 

The revisions are largely 
in line with those proposed in 
April by an ad hoc commit- 
tee chaired by former Dean of 
the College Sheila Blumstein 
("Less Heat, More Light," 
Elms, July). Most sweeping is 
the addition of a process called 
"structured negotiation," which 
IS designed to allow accuser 
and accused to discuss the 
complaint with the help of a 
University official. The hope 
is that the dispute can then 
be resolved without a formal, 
highly charged hearing. 

Structured negotiation 
would in all cases be optional: 
accuser, accused, and the dean 
of student life would have 
to agree it is appropriate, and 
the accused must have no prior 
disciplinary record. Pomer- 
antz hopes this will lead to a 
disciplinary system that is "less 
adversarial and more educa- 
tive and consultative." 

The Corporation also ap- 
proved a change in the hand- 
ling of cases that do end up 
before the full University 
Disciplinary Council (UDC). 
Until now, advocates tor both 
accuser and accused had been 


allowed to cross-examine wit- 
nesses. Under the new rules, 
however, the UDC panel will 
ask all the questions. In addi- 
tion, panel members will sign 
a confidentiality agreement: 
members violating the agree- 
ment will face removal from 
the UDC. 

A final revision involves 
cases the UDC declines to 
hear. Critics have complained 
ot a lack of recourse in such 
instances; under the revised 
code, students whose cases 
were denied a hearing can 
now appeal to a newly estab- 
lished Deans' Council, com- 
prised of deans from the Col- 
lege, the Graduate School, 
and the Medical School. The 
Deans' Council will also hear 
appeals to UDC decisions, a 
task formerly assigned to the 

Pomerantz says he is 
"grateful to Sheila Blumstein 
and the ad hoc committee" 
for their recommend.itions 
and "looking forward to the 
opportunity to see how the 
new system works." He cau- 
tions, though, that "with any 
system, there are trade-offs 
and hard choices, and it can't 
be pleasing to all people at all 
times." Acknowledging that 
the disciplinary system is still 
a work-in-progress, he adds, 
"We will continue to review 
the procedures as appropriate." 
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The Fire This Time 

Field hockey coach Wendy 
Anderson has taken the tea ont 
of field hockey. Tlie wins have 
been piling np ever since. 


I o the uninitiated, tield hockey, hkc 
^L lacrosse or squash, is a bit ot a mys- 
tery. Though physically demanding and 
played with a rock-hard ball and .i 
wooden stick, the sport has something of 
a Fair-Isle-sweater, tartan-kilt qualits. 
Stumble upon a field of players clad in 
heather tones, hacking away with out- 
moded-looking implements, and you'd 
think the game were set down like some 
athletic Brigadoon, destined to be misted 
away from view at sunset. 

Despite this odd aura of imperma- 
nence, Bro'wn field hockey has a histon' 
of stability, thanks to Wendy Anderson, 
head coach for the past fourteen seasons. 
Anderson doubled as women's lacrosse 
coach from 19SS to 1992, but has achieved 
her greatest successes in field hockey. Her 
teams have won three Ivy titles and, in 
1989, an ECAC championship. Anderson 
also recruited Christine Monteiro '93 — 
the University's only field hockey All- 
American - and she boasts the second- 
longest tenure of any female head coach 
at Brown. (Jackie Court has coached gym- 
nastics since 1970.) It is, unfortunately, a 
tenure that will end after this season, 
when she plans to leave the University. 

Anderson grew up in Hingham, Mass- 
achusetts, "but not," she says, "m the Tal- 
bots part of town," referring to a well- 
known tony clothing store. An athletic 
child, she was not drawn to field hockey 
at first; in fact, she says, the sport seemed 
rather odd when she began playing it in 
seventh grade. "I was used to ice hockey 
with my older brother and my friends," 
she explains, "and here was this new game 
with a stick - but you could only use one 
side of the stick, the flat side." The game, 
she believes, has outgrown its reputation, 
which initiallv arose from h.ix'inir been a 

Anderson (above) "has a joy in coaching that 
you can see," says Penn's field hockey coach. 
The result is the intensity shown (above, right) 
by Kristy Troup '00, Emily Brennan '99, Kate 
McHugh '00, and Amy Sims '98. 

staple in American prep schools, "maybe 
because of the Englishness of it. There 
used to be a whole social ritual that went 
along with field hockey. Both teams used 
to have tea after a game. But times are 
changing. In Europe now they play and 
then they serve lunch with beer." 

How has Anderson, a knot of cheerful 
nervous energy, pieced together a win- 
ning tradition with a team that, before 
her arrival, had a habit of finishing in 
the Ivy cellar? For one thing, as Christine 
Monteiro puts it, Anderson has "amazing 
experience as both an athlete and a per- 
son athletes can look up to." Anderson's 
highlight as a player came when she 
played sweeper (a key defensive position 
in front of the goal) on the U.S. national 
team at the 1983 World Cup competition 
in Malaysia. "We were disappointed that 
we finished fifth," she says, "but he.inng 
the national anthem played in .1 packed 

stadium where field hockey is the national 
sport was just an incredible thing." 

Anderson's resume includes coaching 
stints at Y;ile, Harvard, Boston University, 
and Northeastern. Her coaching style — 
by all accounts an unusual amalgam ot per- 
fectionism and careful confidence-building 
— was the main reason the Bears snapped 
out ot hibernation in 1984, her first sea- 
son as head coach: the team snagged the 
Ivy title that year and has been a perennial 
contender ever since. Brown, in fact, has 
been nationally ranked in nine out ot 
Anderson's fourteen seasons. 

Anne Sage, head coach ot Penn's team 
tor twenty-three seasons, has had ample 
opportunity to watch Anderson trom the 
opposing sideline. "A lot of coaches think 
it's all wins and losses," she says. "But at 
Brown Wendy's gotten beyond that and 
really developed her players. She has a joy 
in coaching that you can see." 

Anderson's coaching acumen has 
already been apparent this sea- 
son. As of October I, the team was 2-0 in 
lv\' competition and 4-2 over.ill. niinng 

16 ♦ NO VHM 1) r. li / DECEM HE U 19 97 

one extraordinary week in September, 
Kate Sullivan '98, who had scored only 
two goals in her three years on the team, 
racked up eight of the ten tallied by the 
Bears, including a hat trick. Her two goals 
against Yale came within one minute and 
thirty-four seconds of each other, pro- 
pelling Brown to a come-trom-behind 
2-1 win and Sullivan to honors as Ivy 
League player of the week. 

Such accomplishments are a reminder 
that although field hockey may not be the 
best team Brown will field this year, its 
bound to be one of the most intriguing. 
Last years squad delighted its windblown, 
Warner-rooftop tan club by pouring in 
goals at an unprecedented clip. The team 
set Brown records for goals in a game 
(eight, versus Siena) and in a season 
(thirty-seven), while posting an 8-9-0 
record. Meanwhile, scoring machine Kim 
Rogers '00 set a season record for goals 
(twelve) and total points (twenty-five), and 
Kristen Getler '00 set a new season mark 
tor assists (eleven). Despite these fireworks 
and big wins over Providence College, 
the University' of New Hampshire, and 
the University of Rhode Island, the Bears 
dropped their last two games in double 

overtime to Harvard and Cornell and 
were dissatisfied with their final record. 

Now it's a another season, and even 
though field hockey is a fall sport, the 
Bears' trademark tartan turf' evokes the 
first day of spring, as this year's players 
look ahead to good things. They worry 
little about the extremely small roster 
(there are only fifteen women, and eleven 
play at any one time) or their relative 
inexperience (all but three are underclass- 
men). Co-captain and defensive back 
Emily Brennan '99, for example, finds the 
combination of eager new talent and old 
pros a team strength. "It's really interesting 
the way it's working out," she says. "All 
the fast young people are up front, and 
the juniors and seniors are anchoring the 

Commanding midtield this season are 
Lucia Duncan '99, a second-team All-Ivy 
pick and U.S. Under-2i national team 
member, and the young and speedy attack 
corps of Rogers and Kate McHugh '00, 
who, according to Coach Anderson, "is 
the spark plug that really makes the 
team go." If opposing teams could shut 
McHugh down, says Anderson, "Kim 
[Rogersl wouldn't get the ball." Workinti 


(as of October 1) 
Men's Cross Country 


Led by senior Keith Woodman, 
the harriers are over the river and 
through the woods in tme form. 

Women's Cross Country 2-0 

The women kick-started their 
season by finishing first in a field 
of nineteen teams at the Fordh,im 

Field Hockey 


Scoring at least once in each of 
her first five games. Kate Sullivan 
'y8 had eight goals out of only 
twelve shots. 



With its 52-14 thrashing of Yale, 
Brown registered its largest ever 
margin of victory versus the Elis 
while setting a new Yale Bowl 
record for total offense. 

Men's Soccer 3-2 

Freshman goalkeeper Matthew 
Cross earned a shutout in his very 
first collegiate game, and Ivy 
Player of the Week Mike Rudy 
'99 scored both goals to defeat 
Columbia. 2-1. 

Women's Soccer 


Kara Kania-Lloyd '99 contributed 
to every goal in Brown's 4—0 win 
over URL Both victories have 
been shutouts. 

Volleyball 7-6 

Hosting the Days Hotel Volley- 
baU Classic, the Bears felt so com- 
fortable with the accommodations 
they checked out with the tour- 
ney title. Ivy Player of the Week 
Tomo Nakanishi '00, eighteenth in 
digs nationally in 1996. has picked 
up where she left off last year. 

Water Polo 


Brown's least-appreciated team 
began its usual winning season 
by (ho-hum) dunking nation.illy 
ranked University of Massachu- 
setts twice in two weeks. 


the backfield with Brennan are co- 
captain Amy Sims "9S and Kat McCuire 
'99. Behind them, Kate Sullivan '98 
sweeps while old-timer Kelly MacKinnon 
'98 minds the goal. 

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ability' to put the ball in the cage depends 
on her teammates' quickness and intelli- 
gence. "Last year," she says, "they did an 
amazing job of luring players away from 
me and feeding me passes. There were 
times when we had fire in us. Everyone 
was into it and connecting." 


uch of this fire, Rogers ac- 
knowledges, is sparked by 
Anderson, whom she describes as de- 
manding when it comes to fundamentals 
but comforting during games and tough 
practices. "Coming in as a freshman," she 
remembers, "it was very intimidating for 
me to play at the college level. But 
[Anderson] was always there to put things 
in perspective. She'd say, 'Just relax, calm 
down. Let's move on to the next thing.' " 
Anderson, musing about her evolution 
as a coach over the past fourteen years, 
believes she has become a better teacher. 
"I've always been animated and volatile," 
she says. "During my first tsvo or three 
years, I used to lose my voice from yelling 
out reminders. I had to make flash cards 
and run around holding them up." Now 
she takes more time to be sure her players 
understand their importance to the team. 
Emily Brennan remembers Anderson's 
comments at the end of a recent practice: 
"She was saying that we each have one 
thing that we do better than anyone else. 
Maybe it's hitting, or push-passing. But 
we each have that one thing." 

During the same practice, Anderson 
grabbed a stick and started knocking the 
ball around with her players. "Some days," 
says Brennan, "she'll strap on the shin 
guards and get out there, and she'U be 
miles ahead of us even though she hasn't 
picked up a stick in months. 'We love it. 
"We all say: "Here comes Wendy. . . .' " 

Tennis Coach Tops 

Almost as much of a fixture at Brown as 
Wendy Anderson is women's tennis head 
coach Norma Taylor, who has begun her 
thirteenth season. Like Anderson's years at 
the University, Taylor's have been marked 
by excellence - so much so that in Sep- 
tember the United States Professional 
Tennis Association named her its 1997 
Coach of the Year. Taylor coached last 
year's squad to an 18-2 record, including 
sixteen consecutive wins and the Ivy 
League Championship. Her team is now 
thirty-ninth nationally, according to the 
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Knocking on History's Door 

The Kiiluappiiiii of Ef/sjiirrfc' Mortara, by 
David I. Kertzer '69 (Alfred A. Knopf, 
3jo pages, $26). 

By Chad Galts 

In the twilight hours ot a Wednesday 111 
June 1858, police banged on the front 
door of the home of Mananna and Mo- 
molo Mortara in Bologna, Italy. The city 
was part of the Papal States and fell under 
the political control of a then explicitly 
anti-Semitic Catholic Church. The Mor- 
tara family had never been in trouble 
before, but they were Jewish; they had 
reason to fear the police. Their fear turned 
to panic when Marshal Pietro Lucidi, head 
of the police detail, asked the names of 
everyone living in the house. As Momo- 
lo enumerated his children, the marshal 
checked them off on a list. One name was 
underlined. "Signor Mortara," Lucidi said, 
"I am sorry to inform you that you are 
the victim of a betrayal. Your son Edgardo 
has been baptized, and I have been or- 
dered to take him with me." 

So begins David Kertzers The Kidnap- 
ping of Edgardo Mortara, a brave, dramati- 
cally rendered book that few Catholics, 

Jews, or parents will be able to read com- 
fortably. Though its scope extends tar be- 
yond the details ot one six-year-old Jew- 
ish boy's abduction from his home, the 
book's focus remains intimate. Kertzer's 
ability to capture and give voice to 
Edgardo's grieving parents, their coarse 
and deceitful servant, an embattled and 
uncompromising Pope Pius IX, and a 
turt-sensitive leader ot the Jewish com- 
munity in Rome, among others, makes 
this obscure chapter of history a com- 
pelling and colorful one. 

Little Edgardo's kidnapping wasn't the 
first of its kind - nor would it be the last 
- in mid-nineteenth-century Italy. "Once 
a Jew had been baptized," Kertzer writes, 
"the child was in the eyes of the Church 
no longer a Jew and could not remain 
with his or her parents." What was dis- 
tinctive about the Mortara case was that 
the Catholic Church found itself on the 
detensive. Newspapers, organizations, and 
governments around the world con- 
demned the Church's attitude toward 
religious freedom and personal liberty. 
The Enlightenment had landed these 
ideas squarely in the center of public con- 
sciousness; they were at the heart ot new 
constitutional governments, purchased 
with considerable bloodshed, in France 


Few books by anthropology professors end up as the 
selection of the month at Borders Books or the Web site. Then again, The Kidnapping of 
Edgardo Mortara isn't your average academic title. "Nine- 
teenth-century Italian history is largely seen as rather dry," 
says David Kertzer, the Dupee University Professor of 
Social Science and professor of anthropology and history at Brown. "I thought the 
suspense of this story might help people through that - I wanted to keep readers 
on the edge of their seats." Kertzer has done exactly what he set out to do. In Kid- 
napping, the history of the Catholic Church's troubled relationship with Italian 
Jews is lively and dramatic, steadied by the patience of a seasoned scholar. Pro- 
ducing this book, Kertzer's sixteenth, was a family affair: The author's daughter, 
Molly '95, wrote her senior thesis on the Mortara case and helped him transcribe 
a number of original documents. - Chad Colts 

and the United States. But the Church 
saw no room tor debate. They "had been 
having to fight this battle in some form 
ever since the Reformation," Kertzer 
writes. "But in the heartland ot world 
Catholicism, the pontifical state itself, it 
was unthinkable that the Pope's spiritual 
authority should be challenged." 

For Edgardo's parents, such issues were 
meaningless. Their beloved son had been 
kidnapped, they wanted him back, and 
they were willing to do almost anything 
to get him. The Bologna papal inquisitor 
who had arranged for Edgardo's abduc- 
tion refused to tell them anything. Even 
details of the boy's alleged baptism were 
covered by the inquisitor's oath of alle- 
giance to the Church. So the Mortara 
family began its own investigation. They 
discovered that a former family servant, 
Anna Morisi, An illiterate Catholic peas- 
ant who had given birth to two illegit- 
imate children (one while she was eni- 
ployeti by the Mortara familv), may have 
baptized Edgardo when he was a little 
more than a y-ear old as he was suffering 
from what she thought was a fatal illness. 
Though Church law forbade baptizing 
children without their parents' consent, it 
included a special exception for children 
in mortal danger. "In such a case," Kertzer 
writes, "the importance of allowing a soul 
to go to heaven outweighed the custom- 
ary commitment to parental authority 
over children." 

The Mortaras niounted a vigorous 
campaign to retrieve Edgardo. Their in- 
vestigation of Morisi revealed not only 
her sexual promiscuity, but also that she 
had been accused of stealing by previous 

20 ♦ NOviiM bi;h /ni;c:EM BEH 1997 

employers. Records kept by the Mortaras' 
taniily doctor revealed that Edgardo's ill- 
ness at the time of his alleged baptism was 
in no way lite-threatening. This informa- 
tion, along with descriptions of prior 
cases in which the Church had allowed a 
baptized Jewish child to remain with his 
ftniily, was presented as a formal, baldly 
obsequious sixty-page request. The Pope 
dismissed the information about Morisi's 
character and the doctor's report as irrele- 
vant and pronounced the |e\vs" presump- 
tion in instructing him on Church prece- 
dent "deeply offensive." 

Pius IX, who headed the Church 
from 1846 to liS78,"may well be the most 
important Pope in modern history," 
Kertzer writes. "His reign marked a 
watershed, the uneasy transition from an 
outworn medieval papacy. . . . This transi- 
tion, however, came not because of the 
Pope's efforts but despite them." Pius IX, 
who organized the First Vatican Council 
of 1870 (at which the proclamation of 
papal infallibility was issued), had taken a 
personal interest in the Mortara case. He 
orchestrated the wide dissemination of a 
comment attributed to Edgardo shortly 
after his arrival at the House of the Cate- 
chumens in Rome: "1 have been bap- 
tized, and my father is the Pope." If Pius 
IX capitulated, would he not be abdicat- 
ing his duties as Edgardo's spiritual father? 

The battle over Edgardo Mortara 
altered the course of European history. 
For Italians who were looking to unify 
their country under a democratic, consti- 
tutional government, the boy's story sym- 
bolized everything that was wrong with 
a politically empowered church. Within 
two years of Edgardo's kidnapping, the 
Catholic Church lost virtually all of the 
territory under its control and saw the 
country now known as Italy assemblecl 
around it. 

It seems curious, then, that Kertzer's is 
the first book-length treatment of this 
watershed incident. In the book's after- 
word, Kertzer addresses this C|uestion 
directly and evenhandedly. "In those two 
communities most closely implicated," 
he writes, "the memory is not only 
painful — for very different reasons — but 
also embarrassing." The story of Edgardo 
Mortara raises awkward questions for the 
Church, especially after the Holocaust; 
its treatment of Jews has never been a 
favorite topic of Church historians. Simi- 
larly, for Jews the Mortara case demon- 
strates a vulnerabilin,' they are not fond of 

Kertzer's appetite for detail occasion- 
ally outstrips the reader's, but The Kidnap- 

piii\; of Edgciido Morum is a surefooted, 
briskly paced book. It would be unfair 
to give away the conclusion here, but in 
Kertzer's renclering the Mortara story 
presents a compelling case that truth isn't 
always on the side of beauty. Sometimes 
It's downright ugly. 

Sex, Lies, 




Denial, by Keith Ablow '83 (Pantheon 
Books, 272 pages, $24). 

By Lori Baker '86 A.M. 

Physician, heal thyself" - a better 
directive could hardly be applied to 
Frank Clevenger, a forensic psychiatrist 
whose Hfe is coming apart at the seams. 
Haunted by the suicide of a young 
patient, Clevenger seeks refuge in booze, 
cocaine, and strippers - and in the inves- 
tigation of a series of grisly crimes that 
strangely mirrors his own barely sup- 
pressed rage. 

The opening pages of Denial, the first 
novel of Boston psychiatrist and essayist 
Keith Ablow, find Clevenger in an uneasy 
place that looks solid from the outside. 
He drives a fancy car, lives in a nice house 
m Marblehead with his much-younger 
obstetrician lover, Kathy, and works as a 
consulting psychiatrist to the Lynn pohce. 
He's a heartthrob too: all the nurses at 
Stonehill Hospital think he has "hair like 
a rock star" and "shoulders like a football 

But Clevenger wakes up screaming in 
his satin sheets, gripped by memories of 
an abusive father and a cowardly mother. 
His fancy house has a $.<i,ooo-a-nionth 
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ties. It only gets worse when Clevenger 
receives a midnight call from the Lynn 
police for a consultation on an especially 
ugly case: a young nurse has been found 
murdered and hideously mutilated, and 
a schizophrenic man calling himself Gen- 
eral William C. Westmoreland has con- 


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and-shut case until Clevenger steps in 
and insists that William C. Westmoreland 
couldn't have done it. 

Soon Clevenger is increasingly iso- 
lated as the bodies pile up and he strives 
to figure out who (//(/ do it. Meanwhile, 
his own Hfe unravels: he's broke, coked 
out of his mind, on the skids with Kathy, 
and desperately battling his ovv'n pain and 
fear. Strangely, the investigation seems to 
lead right back into his own life, deep into 
the swamp of his and Kathy 's infidelities. 

Ablow, whose essays on psychiatry and 
society have appeared in the Boston Her- 
ald. U.S. News & World Report, and the 
Wasluii£ioii Post, takes the reader on a 
seamy ride in Denial as he explores the 
dark places of the psyche and of society. It 
is no mistake that Clevenger, an emo- 
tional cripple, seeks solace among the 
strippers on Lynn's "Pervert's Row," find- 
ing a healing power there that's missing 
in his relationship with Kathy. Nor is it 
any mistake that Clevenger seeks to heal 
himself by solving these crimes. 

It all tits together, perhaps too well. 
There's a feeling of unease in these pages, 
as if Clevenger's hardboiled persona is 
pinching a little around the edges. This is 
especially true in the book's opening 

chapters, as the reader gets a big dose 
of Clevenger's twisted sexuality (there's 
something arousing, it seems, about the 
thought ot a corpse) and ot his flippant 
anatomy-class memories ("My stiff, Abra 
Cadaver, had looked like hash by the time 
I'd gotten done with her"). The author 
works hard at perfecting Clevenger's 
tough-guy pose, and he succeeds in creat- 
ing an especially unsympathetic protag- 
onist — an impression that lingers, unfor- 
tunately, to the novel's end. 

Ablow is at his best when he eases up 
on the stylistic pugihsm and concentrates 
on Clevenger's forensic investigations. 
Here, the novel becomes gripping as the 
reader gets an insider's view of how psy- 
chic pain leads to murder and to other, 
subtler crimes. Even more interesting is 
how Clevenger's own pain blinds him to 
the most important clue ot all. 

While Denial is a page-turner, be fore- 
warned that Ablow pulls no punches: 
sex and violence are graphically por- 
trayed, and the crimes are disturbingly 
misogynistic. This is a world m which, 
Clevenger muses, "we are, all ot us, crip- 
pled and twisted." 

Lori Baker lives and writes in Providence. Her 
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Children oj Aniarid by David B. Coe '8s 
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A fmtasy set in the vaguely medieval 
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Murder & Siilliva}! by Sara Hoskinson 
Frommer '61 A.M. (St. Martin's Press, 
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This is the third installment m From- 
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Spencer, a viola player in a small Indiana 
town's symphony, witnesses a murder 
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homespun touch. There are no strangers 
in this small, circumscribed world. From- 
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with TV's Jessica Fletcher. 

Necessary Madness: The Humor oJ Dotncs- 
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Camt leld's book, a scholarly analysis ot 
the humor of nineteenth-century Ameri- 
can literature, draws on recent work in 
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comedy seriously as a manifestation of 
power politics. Yet m doing so, we sell 
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iY JOE HOU '98 


They <^rcii' up strangers 

ill the same lioiise. Away from home, 

they became friends. 


^ plashes of sesame oil and soy sauce, 
W^ chopped ginger, tender chicken 
breast, and Chinese broccoli: the aroma 
fills the kitchen of my brother's off-campus 
apartment as he and I prepare dinner 
together, allowing me to escape the all- 
too-familiar fare of the Ratty and satisfy- 
ing our cravings for the Chinese delica- 
cies our mom used to make back home. 

Dave, a '96 graduate and a second-year 
medical student at Brown, directs me as 
1 ineptly dice onions, smash cloves of gar- 
lic, and pour colorful mixtures of vegeta- 
bles into a large, steaming pot. The smells 
are familiar and vibrant. But this cooking 
ritual, developed during the past year, is 
more than a chance to enjoy a home- 
cooked meal. It is also an opportunity for 
us to sit down, relax, and share tales of 
our hectic lives. Insignificant as they may 
seem, these meals have helped me know 
the brother who was once almost a 
stranger to me. 

Though Dave and I attended the same 
high school, we were never close. He was 
a brash, outgoing troublemaker. I was a 
studious, shy conservative. Because of our 
different personalities, the social lines 
between us were distinctly drawn. He had 
his circle of friends, and I had mine. I 
never viewed him as a role model or as 
someone who looked out for me. He was 
just there. We weren't competitors, 
because we were living completely sepa- 
rate lives. Our connection lay only within 
our family. 

So why did I follow Dave to College 
Hill? I often wonder. Perhaps even as I was 
establishing my independence in a fright- 
eningly new place, I was also looking for 
something - anything - familiar. Or maybe 
it was an unconscious desire to improve 
my relationship with my brother during 

this new stage of life. The time we'd spent 
apart when Dave first went to college had 
allowed me, at least, to think about what 
brothers could mean to each other. 

Despite our past, there was no awk- 
wardness between us when I arrived at 
Brown. We both seemed to understand 
that It was time to rebuild. Gradually 
Dave, who was then a junior, became a 
mentor to me. He introduced me to peo- 
ple, advised me on what courses to take, 
and, knowing I was shy, often dragged me 
out of my dorm room to enjoy a night 
out with him and his friends. 

Throughout the school year, he 
stopped by my room every night. He'd 
bring dinner or snacks he had made in 
case I was hungry, drop off a load of laun- 
dry he'd done for me during stressful 
exam times, or just say hi. During these 
visits, we began to truly communicate for 
the first time, sharing more and more as 
the weeks went by. We even talked of love 
and friendship, topics we had always 
avoided before. 

In the three years we've been together 

at Brown, I5ave and I have engaged in a 
sort ot mutual learning — I adopted some 
of his best qualities, and he adopted some 
of mine. I have evolved from a quiet per- 
fectionist into a more sociable being, able 
to relax and not take life so seriously. At 
the same time, Dave has nroved beyond 
his rebelliousness into a more responsible 
and studious lite. Perhaps it is because we 
are interacting away from our parents' 
influence, guided by both our indepen- 
dence from them and our dependence on 
each other. 

This fall, as I begin my senior year and 
Dave his third year m med school, we are 
living together in an apartment with four 
of my friends. Though he and I have each 
carved out our own places at Brown, the 
social boundaries that once divicled us have 
blurred. We now share a relationship that 
transcends blood ties; it is built on friend- 
ship, understanding, and mutual respect. 
Nothing could be more satisfying. c\^ 

Joe Hon is 1; hitman biolo^i)' coiiicnlmlor from 
Maiiliiis. \cu')'oii:. 



In ^laSS 


For Your Eyes Only 

y the time you get out of this 
:lass," Associate Professor of Com- 
puter Science Philip Klein says to a new 
crop of students in September, "you're all 
going to be really paranoid." A few stu- 
dents chuckle uncertainly, their pens rac- 
ing across the pages ot their notebooks, 
trying to keep up with the young profes- 
sor's rapid-fire delivery. Those who look 
up are relieved to see Klein smiling. "Per- 
fect secrecy," he continues, introducing a 
form ot encryption first used around 1921 
by the German diplomatic corps, "brings 
together what we've learned about 
encryption functions, the projection ot a 
function, invertible functions, and proba- 
bility theory." Klein darts back and forth 
in front of the blackboard, drawing dia- 
grams and formulas with red, blue, and 
white chalk. Wearing a brighdy patterned 
silk shirt and suspenders, he could pass for 
a not-so-distant relative of movie actor 
Joe Pesci. "Okay?" He looks up, a bit 
flushed. "Get it?" 

How do computers keep secrets? 

It's not as hard as you think. 


Many of the students in the cLissroom 
do not. The semester has barely begun, 
and undergraduates are still shopping, try- 
ing on courses before committing to 
them. Some are discovering that "Secrets 
and Promises: An Introduction to Digital 
Security" is not casual filler for their 
schedules. CS 007 (the James Bond refer- 
ence is deliberate) is (;or for the mathe- 
matically challenged; yet Klein insists that 
anyone willing to work hard can do well 
in it. An algorithmatician with a Ph.D. 
from the Massachusetts Institute of Tech- 
nology, he is betting that the flashy, secret- 
agent angle of the course will create an 
incentive tor students to meet its 
encrypted goal: to conquer math."iVople 

have this idea that math is hard," Klein 
says, "but plenty of it is fun, neat, and not 
so hard. I want to bring that message to 

Once reserved for generals, scientists, 
and spy novelists, cryptography, or the 
writing and deciphering ot coded mes- 
sages, IS no longer a secret science con- 
trolled by a cabal of technocrats. With 
the explosive rise of faxes, e-mail. World 
Wide Web sites, and cellular phones has 
come a corresponding upswing in tech- 
niques tor keeping personal information 
personal and secret information secret. 
Cryptography is what prevents the hacker 
down the street from tapping into your 
bank records electronically or charging 
calls to Kinshasa on your cellular phone. 
It's what prevents a stranger in Dubuque 
from intercepting your credit card num- 
ber when you shcip on the Internet. With 
cryptographers holding the keys to so 
much crucial information, isn't it a gooci 
idea to understand what thev do? 

24 • N O V E M U E n / D V. C E M li I li 1 ij 9 7 

Klein begins CS 007 with a hammed- 
up description of the Caesar Cypher, one 
ot the oldest secret-message systems in 
the Western world. Donning a makeshift 
toga and plastic laurel wreath, he 
describes how Julius Caesar developed 
the technique ot replacing each letter in 
the alphabet \\ith one a predetermined 
number of letters away. For example, if an 
original message was cat and the displace- 
ment number, or key, was three, the coded 
message would have been /(/»'. "We want 
things to be easy to encrypt, but hard to 
decrypt without a key," Klein says. "This 
system might have worked for the 
Romans," he adds, adjusting his laurels. 

One problem with CS 007 is how 
to teach encryption without pro- 
viding a how-to for hackers. Klein pon- 
ders such questions from behind his desk 
on the fifth floor of the Thomas J. Watson 
Center for hitbrmation Technology. One 
end ot the office is crowcled with plants; 
under a window sits a row of old type- 
writers and adding machines, reminders 
ot a simpler, more easily decrypted age. 

Hackers, Klein says, are not made with 
technical knowledge alone. "You don't 
teach an automotive engineering class so 
that students can learn how to hot-wire a 
car," he says, before getting up to pace 
back and torth behind his desk. "Fm not 

Klein is betting that the flashy, secret-agent angle 
of his course will create an incentive for students 
to meet its encrypted goal: to conquer math. 

"but I'm not sure you could keep many 
secrets with it today." 

Even a dusty IBM 286 could crack the 
Caesar Cypher by exhausting the possible 
combinations of letters until it came 
across some intelligible text. Today, Klein 
savs. computing power plays a central role 
in maintaining good security, but the sys- 
tems and strategies that computers use 
ot'ten rely on the architecture laid out by 
pre-digital cryptographers. For example, 
one of the systems Klein covers late in the 
semester is SET (Secure Electronic Trans- 
mission), a standard recently developed by 
Visa, MasterCard, and Microsoft for trans- 
actions on the Internet. SET uses power- 
tul encryption techniques but relies on a 
very simple form of delivery. You send 
your encrypted credit card number to a 
vendor, who passes it along, still 
encrypted, to the credit card company; 
only then does the company decrypt the 
number. With the transaction complete 
and the goods delivered, no one but you 
and the credit card company knows your 
card number. 

"Cryptography's real impact today is 
commercial," Klein says. "There's been an 
explosion in what used to be done 
behind closed doors. In this class we'll talk 
about the things that happen under the 
hood. We'll get in there and talk about the 
process, but there really isn't much to see. 
It's like a car. You just use it - you just get 
in and drive." 

going to teach students how to break into 
secure systems. I want them to understand 
the subtleties of a secure system." 

Klein is worried less about creating 
hackers than he is about living in a world 
in which intormation and its encryption 
are controlled only by experts. This is one 
reason that he, unlike taculty at many 
other universities, has designed a course 
for nonspecialists. "I really want students 
to understand the technical aspects of this 
stutT," he says. "I want to educate citizens 
so they can participate in this debate in a 
meaningful way." The challenge is to 
include enough mathematical complexity 
to represent the subject fairly without 
alienating everyone but math whizzes. 

Some students are at first discouraged 
by the intricacies of modular arithmetic, 
intbrmation-theoretic security, and public- 
key cryptosystems. But many, including 
Caroline Giegerich '00, a philosophy con- 
centrator who took CS007 last year, enjoy 
the challenge. "The course moved very 
quickly," she says. "I learned a little math, 
but I don't think it was very ditTicult 
math. ! liked it." 

"You could bring a lot of heav^' 
machinery into this class, but I'm not 
going to teach that," Klein says, sitting 
back down on the edge of his office chair. 
"Some of these things - like modular 
arithmetic -just aren't that hard." Sophie 
Monette-Haight "00, who also took the 
class last year and is one of Klein's 

advisees, believes that CS 007 strikes the 
right balance between topicality and 
rigor. Klein's strengths, she says, are his 
enthusiasm and his drive to keep improv- 
ing the course. "Every time I meet with 
him, I think maybe I should be a com- 
puter science major," she says. 

Klein's course also appeals to Brown 
statfers entrusted with keeping the Uni- 
versity's computers secure. One of his stu- 
dents is Anne Oribello, Brown's informa- 
tion security otFicer. Although she is 
already a certified computer-security pro- 
fessional, Oribello decided to sit in on 
Klein's course because she wanted insight 
into how Brown's security measures 
work. Klein, whose expertise is more the- 
oretical than applied, not only welcomes 
Oribello to the course; he may call on her 
tor a class presentation about her work. 

What advice would KJein give to the 
more paranoid among us? Be your own 
cryptographer: choose computer pass- 
words randomly and uniformly, and guard 
them well. "Randomness is considered 
unpredictable and is the ultimate source 
of secrecy," Klein says. "But then you go 
into someone's office and you see an e- 
mail password taped to the front of their 
monitor." It's up to each of us to decide 
who will get access to our e-mail: James 
Bond or Maxwell Smart, cw 

S Y L L A B U S 

For further reading: 

11(7) Sccuiily £• Coiiiiiicra' by Sinison 
Gartinkel and Gene Spatlord 
(O'l^eilly & Associates, 1997) 

Tlie Codchrcakers: The Coiiiprchanivc 
History of Secret Commuiiiccitioii from 
Ancient Times to the Internet by David 
Kahn (Scribner, 1996) 

Network Security: Private Coinimnticcition 
in iJ Public World by Charlie Kaufman, 
Radia Perlman, Mike Speciner, Charles 
Kaufman (Prentice Hall. 1995) 

Applied Cryptography: Protocols, .-l/sjc- 
rithnis, and Soince Code in C by Bruce 
Schneier John Wiley iSc Sons, 1995) 

Contcniporary C^rypiolo\;y: The Science 
of Information Inte^^rity edited by 
CJustavus J. Simmons (IEEE, 1992) 


Good-bye^ Columbus 

Hello, College Hill 

For E. Gordon Gee, a veteran of the public university 
system, Brown 's presideticy is a watersiied career move. 
He intends to make the most of it. 

Interview by Anne Diffily 

■ ordon Gee gusts into a room like a 

^L ^^r breeze off the western plains - vigor- 
^^^^^^ ous, direct, bracing — and plants hiniselt 
inches from the first person he sees. "Hi, I'm Gordon 
Gee," he twangs, shaking hands and smiling. "Tell me 
what you do." 

He means it. The wiry, energetic man who will 

be Brown's seventeenth president rarely makes small 

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ talk; he's driven to 

learn everything he 
can about the peo- 

Photographs by John Foraste p''^' organizations, and 

ideas he'U deal with 
in his new job. Al- 
though Gee won't otTicially become president until 
January, since midsummer he has been getting up to 
speed, spending several days on campus every other 
week and calling Brown administrators to Ohio for 
meetings. His penchant for interviewing those he 
meets and picking their brains is bound to ease what 
appears to be a significant career shift. 

Gee is by his own admission an unusual choice 
for the Brown presidency. A Mormon who doesn't 
drink and a near-vegetarian, he holds doctorates in 
law and education but lacks a Ph.D., the degree most 
liberal-arts faculties consider a prerequisite for mem- 
bership. As president, the fifty-three-year-old Gee 
will be a private-sector novice. He has led a succes- 

sion of large public universities, beginning with "West 
Virginia, where in 198 1 he became one of the 
nation's youngest coUege presidents at age thirty- 
seven, and continuing with the University of Col- 
orado in 1985. Since 1990 he has presided over the 
Ohio State University, a 50,000-student megalopolis 
that dwarfs Brown. Accolades for Gee's management 
skills and his engaging personal style have followed 
him everywhere he's worked. 

Gee and his wife, Constance Bumgarner Gee, an 
Ohio State assistant professor of art education and 
head of its arts policy program, will move into 
Brown's presidential residence at 55 Power Street this 
winter; she will join the faculty in public policy. 
Their adjustments clearly will be legion. Brown's 
academic scale is far more intimate than Ohio State's, 
and its emphasis more firmly on undergraduate 
teaching. Brown's Ivy League athletic program is a fir 
cry from OSU's, the nation's largest. But Gee is all 
enthusiasm when asked about such changes. Is he 
ready for a politically active student body? "I wel- 
come It," he says. "In today's world, passion is a posi- 
tive force for change." 

Meanwhile, Brown's family, on campus and off, 
waits with considerable curiosity for its new leader to 
steer the University into the twenty-first century. 
Gee recently spoke to the BAM about his impres- 
sions and his plans. 

16 ♦ NOVLMiiLii i)U(:i;mi!i:k 1997 

You Ihive said tliai when Btviini first invited yon to apply 
jor the presidency, you declined. IMiat changed your mind? 

Brown recruited the happiest university president in 
America. I was simply in love with the job I had. 
Ohio State is a remarkable institution, one ot' the 
great public universities in this country. The people 
ot" Ohio, the people of Ohio State, have been very 
supportive of me. So there ^vas no reason for me to 
leave; my wite and I were enormouslv happy. Several 
years ago I had turned down the presidency at the 
University of California, and at that time I deter- 
mined that Ohio State was the place I wanted to 
remain for a long time. 

But in talking with Brown's representative, I 
began to realize that if I were going to make a move, 
academically and administratively this was a rare 
opportunity. Brown is a great university. And as a 
great private university. Brown is substantially differ- 
ent from any institution with which I've been 
involved - I've worked in some of the largest pubhc 
universities in the country. Brown is a wondertuUy 
interesting place, and I believe it has an opportunity 
to make a real difference in the academic world and 
in the world at large. Ultimately, that was what was 
important and enticing to me. 

at Ohio State I stayed a bit longer than most people 
who run Big Ten universities - the average is about 
five years. The public sector is enormously intense. 
You have not only all ot the constituents that you 
have in the private institution, but you have the 
added constituency, in Ohio, of ii million Ohioans, 
the legislature, and all the public funding agencies. It's 
a very high-pressure environment, but I've loved 
every minute of it. I've made moves not because I'm 
an academic vagabond, but because each new job 
presented a unique opportunity. 

How will yo\i adapt your management style to a smaller 
coiiununity of scholars and staff? 

Not ■without some heartburn, I'm sure! But I will 
adapt to Brown, and Brown will adapt to me. As an 
administrator, I believe in consultation, in working 
verv closelv with taculrv', staft", students, and alumni. 

llliy did you stay relatively sliort periods of time in each 
of your previous university presidencies? 

In the context ot large, public universities I have 
stayed the normally expected length of time. In fact. 

Unlike previous Brown presidents, you do not hold a 
Ph.D., although you earned both a J.D. and an Ed.D. 
Has that come up as a concern auwug Broivnjaculty? 

I hope not. The fact that I come out of a profes- 
sional-school setting has served me well in under- 
standing management structure and day-to-day man- 
agement issues. On the other hand, my academic 
interest is in public policy, and Brown is a place that 
delves deeply into public-policy issues. 

So, on the intellectual side of the equation, it's an 

28 ♦ N()vi;MBi;u/ni;cF. M Bi;H 1997 

enormously exciting opportu- 
nity tor me and for Constance, 
whose academic area is also pub- 
lic policy. Also, the fact that I 
have been trained as a lawyer 
will be helpful as we wind our 
way through the world of aca- 
demic and cultural life that now 
presents itself sometimes too 
obviously on the stage of litiga- 

Wlial might yen do lo ensure that 
Brown doesn't end up with another 
situation hke the Title IX hiu'snit of 
the last several years? 

We need to be very preventive. 
I'm certainly not going to second- 
guess anyone; I think Brown handled its case as it telt 
was appropriate. But saying that, I believe that the 
issues have been defined by the court and we need to 
move ahead aggressively, not look in the rearview 
mirror. We cannot manage the institution m order to 
avoid lawsuits, but we do need to create programs or 
environments that minimize the chances of our 
being sued. 

was the first to achieve that, 
and we did it by adding 
women's sports and schol- 
arships, without eliminat- 
ing men's sports. 

We were able to do it 
because our athletic pro- 
gram is self-supporting and 
has a strong resource base. 
We have one of the largest 
stadiums in the country; we 
have people who will pay 
to attend all of our events; 
and we have not just one 
revenue-generating sport — 
football — but a number of 
them. The issue at Brown is 
that in the Ivy League, 
when one moves toward 
equity in athletic programs, 

the potential drain on academic resources becomes 


The Title IX issues 
have been defined 

by the court. 

We need to move 

ahead aggressively, 

not look in 
the rearview mirror. 

You'we taught Cohen vs. Brown (the Title IX lawsuit) 
in your law-school classes, llliy did you choose that case? 

I followed it very, very closely. I teach law and educa- 
tion, and it's an interesting case to teach. It presents 
all of the issues that are important m terms ot univer- 
sities and their management, in terms of discrimina- 
tion, in terms of athletics, in terms of funding. It 
really has an enormous impact on a number ot legal 
and policy issues in this country. 

Before you became involved in the presidetnial search 
process here, what were your impressions of Broivu? 

Anyone in higher education understands that this is 
one of the great universities ot the world. I think 
sometimes the people of Brown don't understand 
that, but I do. I've known many Brown students over 
the years, and I've always found them to be among 
the most energized, intellectually lively people with 
whom I've had a chance to work. My wife's program 
in arts policy and administration at Ohio State has 
attracted a number of Brown students, and they are 
among our best. Also, Brown's location in a beautitul 
city and a marvelous cultural center that extends 
from Boston to New York is a real plus tor both the 
University and the students. 

How has Ohio State built up its uvnien's sports 

li'liat are your inipressions of Brown's cnrncu 
strengths and, if any, its wealiitesses? 



Ohio State has taken a leadership role in women's The curriculum is what makes Brown Brown, by 

athletics. We got our athletic conference, the BigTen, virtue of the lively atmosphere it creates, the students 

to adopt what we call the 60-40 rule to move to a it attracts, the faculty who want to be part of this 

60-40 ratio of men to women athletes. Ohio State environment. The results speak for themselves. We 


have one ot the most 
selective student bodies in 
the country and a world- 
class faculty. Many institu- 
tions in this nation would 
change to Brown's type of 
curriculum if they had 
the courage to do so. 

I believe Brown's 
future will be determined 
not by marching to some- 
one else's catechism and 
looking north or south or 
east or west for inspira- 
tion, but by continuing to 
develop its own strengths. 
Ultimately the greatness 
of Brown will be judged 
not by how we compare 
with others, but by how 

the people we have served view us. It we gain their 
support and their aftection. it we do well what we're 
doing now and look toward further strengthening ot 
the institution in selected areas, Brown will continue 
to be one ot the great leaders in higher education. 

Brown must build in 

the graduate area 

in order to maintain 

the quaHty of its 

undergraduate programs. 

It is one of my 

highest priorities. 

Brown 's latest strategic plan 
says that funds for academic 
groifth will come at least 
partially from a process of 
reallocation and substitu- 
tion. Does this prospect 
suggest parallels to what 
you've just been through at 
Ohio State? 

At Ohio State, you had to cut the operati}ig budget, llliy 
did that happen, and hoii' did you manage it? 

Ohio State's budget was approaching S2 billion. One 
morning in 1992 I was listening to our governor on 
the radio, and he said that Ohio had a budget short- 
fall and the majority ot the money would be taken 
trom higher education. We lost Sioo million m one 
day, about one-quarter ot our total state support - a 
massive blow. Initially I did what most university 
presidents do: I complained bitterly. I whined. I said, 
"You can't do this. We're too important." I traveled 
the state making appearances, and at the end of the 
day the governor cut our budget more, and his polls 
went up. 

I discovered then that the world ot higher educa- 
tion had changed from the time when we could lit- 
erally expect public support without public responsi- 
bility. So we instituted a program ot recalibration, of 
restructuring the institution. Very candidly. I would 
not want to do it again. But I believe the iuiiversir\' is 
better tor having done it. 

There are parallels, in the 
sense that it's very diffi- 
cult to grow by substitu- 
tion. The truth of the 
matter is, we have unlim- 
ited appetites and hmited 
resources. The second 
truth is that we cannot 
stand still; a university 
needs to inove forward. 
That means making critical decisions. On the 
budget-growth side, I do not see us being able to 
raise tuition charges beyond the current rate of 
increase. I think, therefore, that we have to take a 
look at other opportunities for growth. Clearly the 
fund-raising efforts of this institution are absolutely 
critical. I'm very encouraged by the recently finished 
Campaign tor the Rising Generation; now we need 
to build on that platform. We also need to take a look 
at entrepreneurial resource-generation opportunities. 
But ultimately, when one has a budget, one has to 
make decisions within that budget. And that, I think, 
will be the challenge for the faculty, staff, students, 
and administration of this institution. 

Many of Brown's graduate programs aren't as highly 
ranked as is the undergraduate college. How will you 
address this? 

This is an interesting problem. I'm coming from an 
institution that had world-class graduate programs 
but had a real struggle with undergraduate educa- 
tion, to an institution where the undergraduate pro- 
gram is recognized as among the best in the world 
but where there are challenges with our graduate 
programs. I believe a university is measured by its 
greatness not onlv at the undergraduate level but also 
at the graduate level. Brown must build selectiveh' in 

30 ♦ N V E M B E R / n E C E M B F H 19 9 7 

the graduate area in order to maintain the quahty of 
its undergraduate programs. That is one of my high- 
est priorities, and I intend to focus on it immediately. 
I don't want to give anyone the impression that I 
think Brown's Graduate School is shoddy. We have 
some of the best graduate programs m the world. 
Many faculty members have chosen to come to 
Brown because of the balance we've struck between 
undergraduate and graduate education and research. 
As a result, we have hired very well. 

Brown hasn't been able to implement an iimienyraihiate 
admission process in which every applicant is indited with- 
out regard to financial need. Do you anticipate reallocatini^ 
finids to snpport a "need-blind" admission policy? 

Money for financial aid is a life-blood issue for this 
University. Certainly a lot of people at Brown have 
talked to me about this, and I've followed the issue 
from afar. Brown is a bit more honest than some of 
the other universities, in that every student admitted 
to Brown will be given appropriate financial aid. 
Other universities may admit students on a need- 
blind basis but then tail to give some of them the 
financial aid to attend. 

Philosophically, I agree with the notion of need- 
blind admission. But practically, at an institution in 
which we are going to make qualitative improve- 
ments in some areas, we're going to have to use our 
resources very, very wisely. Our first priority must be 
to make certain that we have sufficient resources to 
continue Brown's preeminence. 

You'ue written a book abont libraries and today's technol- 
ogy. How will you strengthen Brown's library system? 

I believe libraries are the heart of the institution in so 
many ways. Brown has a fine library system. Some 
people think it's too small, and I will have to take a 
look at where we are, but clearly it serves the institu- 
tion well. If we think about growing our graduate 
programs, we'll have to determine where our library 
holdings may need strengthening. Not every univer- 
sity can capture all of the books in the world or have 
access to every collection. We may be able to make 
better use of academic consortiums to ensure access 
to the materials we need. 

Curriculum Vitae 

E. Gordon Gee 

1944 Born in Vernal, Utah, February 2 
1968 B.A., history. University of Utah 

1971 J.D., Columbia University' Law 

1972 Ed.D., Teachers College, 
Columbia University 

1973—74 Assistant dean of the law school. 
University ot Utah 

I974~75 Judicial fellow and senior staff 
assistant to Warren Burger, chief 
justice of the United States 

1975-79 Professor and associate dean of 
the law school, Brigham Young 

1979-81 Dean and professor, College of 
Law, West Virginia University 

1981-85 President, West Virginia 

1985-90 President, the University' of 

1990-97 President, the Ohio State 

Publications Author of seven books, including 
Injormaiion Literacy: Revolution in 
the Library, which won the Amer- 
ican Library Association's G.K. 
Hall Award, 1990; and Education 
Law and the Public Schools 



\'ou'i'C hccii fciy iicccssihlc fo sludciits ill Ohio Sidle. In 
ii'hdt u'tiys will you lOiiiicct with sliiitciits iif Bwini? 

The Brown students I've met have been warm and 
welcoming. I've received a lot ot e-mail, invitations 
to come to parties, to stay overnight in the dorms, 
and a variety of other things, al! ot which I W'ill do. 
Students here have an expectation that they will 
know the faculty and the staff". And I expect to get to 
know them; I enjoy them. My wife and I hope to 
have every student over for dinner during their time 
at the Universirs'. One of Brown "s attractions is that it 
has 5,500 undergraduates, which is smaller than the 
incoming first-year class at Ohio State. So we will 
have an opportunity to connect even more directlv 

with students. 1 hope they cion't teel that I'm some 
administrator away in an office, but rather that I am 
here for them, that I'm a friend, that I'm their father, 
that I'm a person they can respect and seek advice 
from. And 1 will seek advice from them. 

II ill you iCiuh cigdiii? 

Yes. Because I have been teaching in law schools all 
these years, another attraction of Brown is that I'll 
have an option to teach undergraduates. My area of 
academic interest focuses on the legal problems of 
educational institutions. These are very important 
issues confronting this countrv', and I wouki like to 
develop a class on the subject for undergraduates. 

\'oii have been knoii'n to aduocntc the practice of in loco 
parentis. H7ii7f do you t)icaii? 

I have come increasingly to the conclusion that the 
proper role ot universities and their presidents is to 
be more involved in stuclent lite. In the late 1960s, 
most universities gave up any responsibility for stu- 
dent activities outside the classroom. Administrators 
were faced with enormous challenges, and one of 
the ways the)- dealt with those challenges was simply 
to say that the responsibility ends at the door of the 
office or at the door of the classroom. I believe that 
universities do have a responsibility tor their stu- 
dents. We have to make certain that as a uni\-ersirs- 
administration, we help them deal with such issues as 
binge drinking, on- and off-campus safety, civihty, 
and responsibility: All of those. 1 think, are part ot the 
university' lexicon and should be part of the Univer- 
sity's relationship with its students. 

At ii'htit point do you believe a university }ieeds to fciy 
that a particular disciplinary situation is beyond its scope? 

I think you do that on a case-by-case basis. My phi- 
losophy is that the university has a responsibilitN- to 
interact directly with the students to set up standards 
and expectations. There is no question that in doing 
so, because Brown is Brown we set ourselves up tor 
national scrutiny. When a controversial sexual- 
misconduct case occurs here, it's on the tront page of 

32 • N (J V n M B t H / D i; C: E .M B F. H 19 9 7 

the New York Times. If it occurs 
at Ohio State or Penn State, its 
in the local newspaper ancl it 
goes no further. 

Nonetheless, we need to 
make sure that we institute pro- 
grams of firmness and fairness 
while recognizing that in each 
of those situations there is a 
story that needs to be heard. 
Our responsibility is to engage 
our students in discussions 
about behavior that allow them 
to learn from their experiences. I know there are 
efforts right now to address the student disciplinary 
system. I applaud those efforts, and 1 will be part of 
that discussion. 

I can understand why these situations are upset- 
ting for alumni. Here you are, a graduate of a great 
universit)', and instead of reading m your local news- 
paper about what we "re doing in our undergraduate 
and graduate programs, you're reading about sexual 
assault on the campus. It does happen. We want to 
deal with it fairly. 

We hope to have 
every student over 

for dinner during 
their time at Brown. 

How does a Hniversity specify piinislhible beliarior with- 
out abriclging a stuiieiit's yight to speak freely - even if the 


■cli is 

repugtiaut to many: 

First Amendment rights and free speech are what 
people rush to invoke when they disagree with what 
an institution has done. We do need to be very, very 
careflil that we avoid having a thought police. Yet 
universities have a responsibility to set civilized stan- 
dards of behavior for their students, to make certain 
that this is a place in which freedom of int]uiry, free- 
dom of discussion, and civility prevail. 

But guess what? On this campus, people are 
going to say interesting things. Sometimes they're 
going to say dumb things. Sometimes they may even 
say offensive things. The question is: Is that some- 
thing the University ought to get involved in? 

Mrs. Moon. There have been a 
number of university adminis- 
trators and faculty members 
who have helped me both as a 
student and, later, as a teacher 
and administrator. And of course, 
my wife and daughter are very 
important influences in my life. 
Beyond that, 1 have had 
some life-changing experiences. 
I fulfilled my Mormon mission 
by spending nearly three years 
in Germany. The opportunity 
to live in another culture as a young person was sig- 
nificant. Also, my first wife's death from cancer had 
an important influence on the way 1 think about 
courage and death and dying. It taught me to care 
and love in ways that were quite unfamiHar to me, 
even though we had been married tor a long time. 

71'// lis about your daughter 

Rebekah is careening toward twenty-two. She just 
received her bachelor's degree in history at Colum- 
bia, where she also completed the premedical pro- 
gram and was on the rowing team. She's now at 
Columbia's School of Public Health, where she'U get 
her master's before going on to medical school. 

Wliat peopk and experiences have most influenced yon? 1 

Many people have been very influential, beginning 
with my parents, and then my first-grade teacher. 

II7;i!f strengths do you and Constance bring to Broii'ii as 
a couple? 

We are both academics, we love universities, and 
we're committed to the intellectual life. We enjoy 
attending university plays, concerts, and student 
events. We've done a tremendous amount of enter- 
taining at Ohio State, and we will do so here. We 
share a commitment to the University's public life 
and to telling the University's story. 

And we love each other deeply; we are the very 
best of friends. I think people can see that. The other 
day, I was walking across the Green and holding 
Constance's hand, and some t)t the students were 
ooking at us. I think it was a little unusual for them 
to see a universirv' president holding hands with his 
wife. But I do It all the time, cv^^ 

li I) C) W N A I U M N 1 M .■\ G .'K Z I N E ♦ 33 

Life, and the evening 
news, won't be the same 
in Ohio after Gordon Gee 
leaves for Brown. 


It was big news, an event that capti- 
vated a city ot 632,000 people. Big 
enough that the local TV station pre- 
empted AlexTrebek and "Jeopardy!" for a 
half-hour ot live news coverage. 

The day was June 27, 1997, and E. 
Gordon Gee had decided to leave Ohio 
State University, the nation's biggest uni- 
versity campus, tor more modestly sized 
Brown. The extraordinarily popular presi- 
dent's decision to leave the Big Ten tor 
the Ivy League turned Columbus on its 
ear. "I couldn't believe it when I heard," 
says Shannon Marie Chenoweth, an OSU 
junior. "He is the heart and soul of Ohio 
State University." 

Details of Gee's decision were every- 
where. The Columbus TV stations dis- 
patched crews to Providence, where the 
unthinkable would be confirmed at a 
midday press conterence in Brown's Mad- 
dock Alumni Center. When Gee uttered 
the words loyal Buckeyes dreaded to hear, 
television cameras beamed them back live 
to his tens of thousands of tans. 

The announcement made headlines in 
Ohio's major daily newspapers the fol- 
lowing day. "Gee's New Post A New 
World" and "Efforts to Keep Gee Just 
Ran Out of Gas" ran in large type across 
the top of the morning edition of the 
Columbus Dispatch. Mike Curtin, the Dis- 
patch's editor, said that while most people 
were caught otf guard by the news from 
Rhode Island, no one was surprised that 
Gee was being courted. The slender acad- 

emician. whose nasally voice sounds a bit 
like that of Ross Perot on the stump, had 
been atop short lists tor a number ot pres- 
idential searches. But until June, Gee had 
stayed loyal to OSU, passing up chances 
to run the University of California sys- 
tem, the University of North Carolina, 
and even an earlier attempt by Brown to 
woo him away. 

When word began leaking out that 
Gee might leave, the students mobilized. 
John Carney, president of the OSU 
Undergraduate Student Government, and 
twenty-five others staked out Gee's park- 
ing space the morning ot the announce- 
ment. When Gee arrived, he saw the stu- 
dents wearing T-shirts imprinted with the 
plea, "55,000 Students Need You." They 
then linked arms and sang "Carmen 
Ohio," the OSU alma mater. 

To no avail. "We knew it wouldn't last 
forever," says David Brennan,a prominent 
Akron businessman and an OSU trustee. 
"But knowing it was inevitable didn't 

make it any easier." Brennan says he 
sensed the end was near tbllowing an 
evaluation Gee received last December 
troin Organizational Horizons Inc., a 
Columbus-based consulting firm. "They 
said he was the finest university president 
m America," Brennan recalls. "We knew 
we were in trouble." 

Not even a protessional report card 
can adequately convey how 
effective a president Gee is considered to 
have been at Ohio State. In his seven 
years at the helm, he raised nearly $1 bil- 
lion in endowment. He convinced law- 
makers to tund the construction ot new 
campus buildings despite a statewide con- 
struction freeze. He raised academic stan- 
dards and lured world-class scholars as 
department heads. And he courted the 
entire 55,000-strong student body. "Most 
people can handle one or two of those 
things," savs Gee's tViend Robert Bennett, 

34 • NCJVLM bUU/DHCF. M lil:lt I997 


chairman of the Ohio Republican Party. 
"Gordon was able to do all of them." 

So popular is Gee here that some 
leading Democrats - including the for- 
mer governor and the speaker of the 
house - spent much of last spring trying 
to persuade him to run for governor in 
1998. Gee said he was flattered, but he 

One merely has to spend some time 
with Gee to witness his magic. On a cool 
fall football morning last year, he was 
scheduled to meet with alumni and cor- 
porate executives at a brunch inside an 
equine center on the OSU campus. The 
song '"Happy Trails" blared from speakers 
as Gee entered the dining area atop a 
horse, to wild applause. Later, leaving the 
brunch. Gee grabbed the hand of his 
wife, Constance, and made a beeline for 
some Buckeye fans having a tailgate party. 
As the couple crossed the street, a car 
tilled with students slowed down, 

"Hey, Gordon!" yelled the students. 

Admirers surround Cordon and Constance Gee 
at a Buckeyes football game. 

"Hi there! How are you?" Gee replied 
amiably. Few call him "President Gee," 
and he prefers it that way; above all, he 
wants to be accessible. 

As Gee crossed a footbridge over the 
Olentangy River on the way to the foot- 
ball game, his four-person entourage grad- 
ually swelled to more than two dozen. 
Clearly people want to be around him, 
even if only to walk at his side for a few 
moments. Weaving and waving through 
the scarlet-and-gray-clad crowd, his grip 
firm on his wife's hand. Gee reached a 
hne for the elevator that would take him 
to the president's box high above the sta- 
dium. Instead of jumping to the head of 
the line. Gee waited his turn. "The surest 
way to make people mad at you is to be 
disrespectful to them," he said. 


^^^ hannon Chenoweth met Gee her 
^^F first day at Ohio State in 1996. "I 
was sitting outside Denney Hall thinking 
about how huge OSU was and how I 
didn't want to be there," she recalls. "I 
looked over, and there he was, walking 
down the sidewalk between buildings, 
talking to people. He was approaching 
them randomly, asking them their names, 
their majors." 

Gee greeted her, too, and they chatted 
briefly. "It changed the way I felt about 
the university," she says. Since then, at a 
restaurant where she works near campus, 
Chenoweth has seen Gee entertaining 
friends. "People just yell out to him, 'Hey 
Gordon!' and he walks over and spends 
time with them." 

From the dorms where he attended 
pizza parties and slept over, to the bars on 
High Street where the teetotaling Mor- 
mon would chat up students. Gee was 
loved. His closest confidants say the feel- 
ing is mutual. "Gordon has an insatiable 
desire to be with the students, the faculrv; 

everyone. He is genuinely interested in 
everyone, and they respond to that," says 
Ted Celeste, an OSU trustee. "There are 
very few presidents who could speak as 
intellectually as he did on a number of 
topics and then be in a dunking booth, or 
dressed in Velcro and throwing himself on 
aVelcro wall." 

As enormous as Ohio State is physi- 
cally, with its 1,715 acres and 357 build- 
ings. Gee's focus extended beyond the 
Columbus campus to its five satellite 
campuses. To reassure students who were 
contemplating transferring to Columbus 
but were intimidated by the main cam- 
pus's size. Gee often brought a transfer 
student with him on visits to the univer- 
sity's branches. 

On such a trip last fall. Gee took 
transfer student Melanie Ehler to the 
Mansfield campus. They met with some 
faculty and then went to a lounge where 
students played pool, read, and shot the 
breeze. As they drove back to Columbus, 
Gee asked his companion, "Melanie, 
what's your home phone number?" Star- 
ded, Ehler told him, then watched with 
trepidation as he dialed his cellular phone. 
As it rang, he asked her, "What's your 
mother's name?" When Ehler's mother 
answered. Gee introduced himself. "We'll 
take care ot her," he promised before 
handing the phone to Ehler. 

"That was one of those extra httle 
things he's famous for doing," Ehler says 
later. "He's such a people-oriented per- 
son. If he meets you once, he'll remember 
your name." At a university of Brown's 
size, "he'll know the name of everyone on 
campus," predicted OSU trustee Brennan. 

"He's an amazing man," says John W 
Kessler. former chairman of the OSU 
board of trustees. "And he's scarlet and 
gray forever. He'll do a wonderful job at 
Brown, but Gordon Gee will always be a 
part of Ohio State." c^ 

Benjamin Maniscn is chief of The (Cleve- 
hind} Plain Dealer J- Cclumhus hurean. 


,?(> • Niyvr,M.i>f 


Thinking Like the Enemy 


Last June, twenty- two years 

after the fall of Saigon, 

the Watson Institute 

for International Studies 

reunited former foes in Hanoi 

to answer one question: 

How could they have avoided 

the deaths of more than 

three million people? 

In June 1967, a Pentagon staffer named Leslie Gelb began 
fulfilling a most unusual request from the secretary of 
defense. Over the next eighteen months, Gelb and the 
members of his task force gathered every government doc- 
ument they could find on the U. S. role in the ongoing v/ar in 
Vietnam. The top-secret result was 7,000 pages of memos, cables, 
and reports that, after being leaked to the NewYork Times in 1971, 
became known as the Pentagon Papers. President Richard Nixon 
believed the papers were so damaging to the war effort that he 
asked the U.S. Supreme Court to ban their pubUcation. The 
Court refused. Published as a book later that year, Tlie Pentagon 
Papers helped turn an already restive U.S. public further against 
the war. They also contributed to the White House paranoia that 
eventually led to the Watergate scandal and Nixon's resignation. 

The defense secretary who set these events in motion was 
Robert McNamara. A principai^affl^iii^fiiiiil the Vietnam War 


during the Kenncfdy and Johnson administrations. 
McNamara left the Pentagon ni February 1968 
doubtful it could be won. After maintaining almost 
total silence on the subject tor twent^'-seven years, in 
April Hjys he published /;; Retrospect: The Tnii;cdy and 
Lessons of I 'ietiiam, a book, he says, "I planned never to 
write." In it he admits that the actions he and other 
White House ofticials ordered in Vietnam were 
"wrong, terribly wrong." To explain his rationale for 
breaking his long silence. McNamara wrote: "We 
owe it to future generations to e.xplain why." 

Later that year, he again approached Leslie Gelb, 
now president of the Council on Foreign Relations 
in New York, for help in launching another landmark 
effort to better understand the Vietnam War. Would 
the council be wiDing to help sponsor a conference 

students at the University of Michigan watching as 
the secretary ot defense was hung in effigy. Born and 
raised in the General Motors town of Flint, Michi- 
gan, Blight attended the University of Michigan in 
between jobs at the car factory and a stmt as a 
minor-league baseball pitcher. Although he would 
later earn graduate degrees from the University of 
New Hampshire and Havard's Kennedy School of 
Government, m the early 1970s, Blight was too busy 
working his way through school to pay more than 
passing attention to the man who would later play a 
large role in his professional hfe. 

In 1995, McNamara asked Blight, by then a 
research professor at the Watson Institute for Interna- 
tional Studies, to implement the Hanoi conference. 
McNamara had his reasons for choosing Blight. As he 

"Has any single American of this century," asked one writer, 
"done more harm than Robert McNamara?" 

on the war with a group of former White House and 
Pentagon officials? McNamara "s goal was to take the 
country's unfinished business with Vietnam to a bold 
and controversial new level by holding the confer- 
ence in Hanoi. It would include surviving leaders 
from the other side. 

In the twenty years since the fell of Saigon, such a 
meeting had never occurred. The war remained a lesion 
on the national soul. Anv man so closely identified 
with the war was bound to elicit strong reactions, 
and predictably, after his book came out, McNamara 
was e.xconated. "Has any single American of this 
century," asked Mickey Kaus in The Sen' Republic, 
"done more harm than Robert McNamara?" 

When McNamara, then seventy-nine years old, 
arrived in Hanoi for the first time in November 
1995, his warm reception was a reminder that he 
now had more enemies at home than m Vietnam. A 
Vietnamese translation of //; Rctivspcct had already 
been pirated, and copies were frequently handed to 
McNamara in Hanoi to be autographed. In the hotel 
dining room waiters and waitresses too young to 
have experienced the "American War" asked to be 
photographed alongside a man still condemned by 
some in the United States as a war criminal. 

Accompanying McNamara on that first 
exploratory trip was a tall, angular Brown 
professor named James Blight. In 1907, 
while McNamara was ordering the collec- 
tion ot the Pentagon Papers. Blight was in a crowd of 

had done with the Pentagon Papers, McNamara 
wanted tci establish a documentary record that car- 
ried historical weight. Although critics speculated 
about his personal motives - to salvage his reputation 
among historians, to expiate his guilt, to pertbrm a 
penance - McNamara was not interested in conven- 
ing a group of dinosaurs for aimless reminiscing. He 
wanted the conference to be of value to professors 
and policymakers. 

On the surface. Blight and McNamara are an 
unlikely pair. McNamara, .aptly described in Promise 
and Power Deborah Shapley's 1993 unauthorized 
biography, as a "student of control," rose to promi- 
nence as one ot the "whiz kids" at the Ford Motor 
Compaii)' in the 1950s and later .is the company's 
president. A consummate manager, McNamara relied 
on centralized planning and statistically based control 
of such variables as production quotas. He took the 
approach with him to the Pentagon, where one of 
his innovations was something called the Planning, 
Programming, Budgeting System. The system, he 
wrote in In Retrospect, forced "long-term cost and 
effectiveness comparisons across service lines for 
weapons systems, force structures, and strategies." It 
was the work of a man who, he acided, sees "t]uantifi- 
cation as a language to add precision to reasoning 
about the world." 

For Blight, on die other hand, numbers tell you 
what pitch to throw on a three-and-two count. 
Although he was trained as a cognitive psychologist, 
his career has meandered across academic disciplines. 

38 ♦ NCJV1;M1!1. H 1)1. CF-Mlil. U 1997 

After earning a Ph.D. m 
psychology' from UNH, 
he returned to the Mid- 
west to teach with his 
wife, Janet Lang. (The 

treatment of her first name is typical of their offbeat 
approach: when Blight and Lang were teaching some 
of the same students, on papers James Blight became 
big "J" and Lang became little "j".) In the early 
lySos, Lang entered graduate school at Harvard's 
School of Public Health, while Bhght taught the his- 
tory ot psychology across campus."! was referred to 
as the history of pseudoscience component in the 
history of science department," he jokes. 

Like many left-leaning psychologists at the time, 
Blight became alarmed by the Reagan administra- 
tion's emphasis on expanding the U.S. nuclear arse- 
nal. "I believed fervendy that I, as a psychologist, 
had special insight into the factors that were making 
the world an increasingly dangerous place in which 
to live," he wrote in a 19S8 issue of the Jourtial cj 
Humanistic Psyciiolo'iy. Yet his assumption of moral 
superiority troubled him. "hi about 1982," Blight 
recalls,"! said to myself.'l don't know anything about 
this stutT." " He grew tired of meeting in church base- 
ments to talk about the psychopathology of the arms 
race while making no practical difference. "There 
was just no communication between psychologists 
anti the people making nuclear decisions," he says. 
With several colleagues, he settled on a qui.xotic 
mission:"! would gain entry to the Kennedy School 

Blight, McNamara, and Lang (above) walking in Hanoi 

during a lull in the conference. Heading the Vietnamese 

delegation was Nguyen Co Thach, a delegate to the Paris 

peace talks and later Vietnam's Foreign Minister. 

as a student," he wrote 
in tha Journal of Humanistic 
Psychokigy article, "take 
their key courses in in- 
ternational security and 
nuclear-weapons policy, and emerge from my year as 
a psychological 'mole' better equipped for what we 
regarded as the necessary thrust and parry between 
the policymakers — the creators and sustainers of the 
(nuclear] risk - and the psychologists - we who 
would reduce, perhaps even eliminate, it." 

The plan did not progress as Blight had hoped."! 
began listening to people who seem normal," he says, 
"but who have absorbed this theory ot deterrence 
and who think the world is safer tor having nuclear 
weapons. ! thought. Why has there been no major 
war over all these decades? Could it be that there is 
something to what they're saying?" Although he 
remained opposed to the nuclear buildup ot the 
time, he realized there was a certain credible logic 
behind it. For antinuclear psychologists to have an 
effect on policy, he became convinced, they need to 
understand not only the logic but the experience of 
the policymakers embracing it. 

Blight's year at the Kennedy School became two, 
then three, then five. !n 19S3, Blight began the l-'ro- 
ject on Avoiding Nuclear War, which allowed him to 
bring to Harvard a succession ot concerned psychia- 
trists, psychologists, physicists, and clergy to talk with 
nuclear strategists. "!t was a disaster," Blight remem- 
bers. "We had the same conversation no matter what 

DROWN ALUMNI M A f ; A Z I N U ♦ 39 

the presentation was." As he later wrote, "The prob- 
lem, put bluntly, is that nuclear policymakers simply 
do not believe that psychology. . . is relevant to their 
concerns. They don't care what psychologists think 
nuclear pohcymakers are doing wrong." What was 
needed. Blight became convinced, was "realiry-based 
psychology" that would reduce the threat of nuclear 
war by appealing to the people making the decisions. 


t was during this time that Blight first visited 
McNaniara. As a student ot nuclear psychology, 
Blight had become fascinated with the Cuban 
missile crisis of 1962, when for several days in 

"they might spontaneously combust, yielding more 
new information and enriched perspectives." Thus, 
checking the memories of the former policymakers 
at the table m Havana were prominent scholars of 
the missile crisis, including Graham Allison, Ale.xan- 
der George, Ernest May, Richard Neustadt, and 
Thomas Schelling. Completing the mix were fresh 
documents uncovered in the United States under the 
Freedom ot Information Act and unearthed from 
Kremlin archives opened as a result of the ftll of the 
Soviet Union. The documents and scholars kept the 
policymakers honest, while the policymakers pro- 
vicled the context for helping the scholars assess the 

October the world had its For former U.S. officials Francis Bator, Cliester Cooper, relative importance of the 
closest brush with nuclear and William Smith (left to right), the conference was documents, 
war. According to conven- at times intensely emotional and exhausting. The missile-cnsis confer- 

tional nuclear-arms theory, ences were a huge success. 

President Kennedy, knowing that the United States Among other things, they laid to rest the idea that 
could easily "take out" Soviet missiles, should have everything useful about the crisis was already known; 
done so. But Kennedy did not, and Blight became at least a dozen new books on the subject have been 
interested m the psychokigy ot the president and his written since. For his part. Blight founci the missing 
advisers during that momentous week. As Blight read psychological element he had been searching for. By 
the available material, he noticed that, according to asking the policymakers what they had been perceiv- 

the "rational actor" theory underlying nuclear deter- 
rence, President Kennedy had acted irrationally. The 
unexplained question was why. 

Blight's inquiry drew encouragement from some 
Harvard taculrv' and, especially, trom termer Kennedy 
White House policymakers. In March 1987, Blight and 
several colleagues held the first of five conferences on 
the Cuban missile crisis. (The first three were spon- 
sored by the Kennedy School and the last two by the 
Watson Institute, which hired Blight m 1990.) Partic- 
ipating at various times were members of Kennedy's 
inner circle, including McNamara, George Ball, Mc- 
George Bundv, Paul Nitze, Dean Rusk, and Theo- 

ing during a week when the tate ot the world was in 
their hands. Blight had discovered a motivation that had 
seldom been discussed by proponents ot the rational 
theory ot deterrence: tear. At a time when the lingers 
ot an American president and a Soviet premier came 
close to pushing the buttons to start a nuclear war, 
the leaders backed off because they were afraid. 

"Each leader," writes Joseph Nye Jr., dean of the 
Kennedy School, in the foreword to Blight's 1992 
book Tlic Sluillcrcd Crysliil B:ill: Fear and Lcaniim; in 
the Cuban Missile Crisis, "appeared to have been 
struck by the . . . disturbing thought that, some tmite 
number of moves down the road, he could conceiv- 
dore Sorenson. Also present were Kremlin otTicials ablv be responsible . . . for the worst catastrophe m 

on the Soviet side of the conflict and their coun- 
terparts trom (Alba. The final conterence, held in 
Havana in 1992, was hosted by Fidel Castro. 

The conterences allowed Blight to develop the 
unique research method he would later use in Hanoi. 
C'alled "critical oral history," it combines the spon- 
taneity of oral history with the rigor of academic 
research. Bliijht's aim is to mix source materials so 

historv - a nuclear holocaust." Even more signiticant, 
N\e argues, is Blight's realization that Kennedy and 
Khrushchev avoided nuclear war because, during the 
most intense moments ot the crisis, each realized that 
a liolocaust could happen almost by accident: "It is 
on this point that . . . Blight's work presents the great- 
est challenge to \\a\s ot thinking about 
the issue ot nuclear crisis stability." Nve concluded. 

40 ♦ NOV i:m ni:i(/ DECiiMiii. R 1997 

When, McNaniara called Blight m Feb- 
ruary 1995 to ask him to apply his crit- 
ical oral history technique to the Viet- 
nam War, the former secretary of 
defense hoped that getting inside the minds of U.S. 
and Vietnamese decision-makers would provide 
insights into why the war had dragged on as long as 
it did. In particular. McNamara wanted to focus on 
what he termed the war's "missed opportunities." 
What were the U.S. and Vietnamese "mind-sets" at 
the time, and was there any way these viewpoints 
could have been reconciled without causing the 
cleaths of more than 3 milHon Vietnamese aiui 58,000 
U.S. citizens? "My hypothesis, which underlies this 

Blight persuaded the l^ockefeller Foundation to pro- 
vide most of the financial support - but only after 
more than a dozen foundations refused. 

The figure ot McNamara also presented problems 
for the scholars Blight invited to Hanoi. The ques- 
tions McNamara wanted to ask were not necessarily 
the same ones that interested them. At the Cuban 
missile-crisis conference, the questions mostly dealt 
with facts: What happened?, for example, or What 
were you thinking? Many of the questions McNa- 
mara wanted to pose in Hanoi were hypothetical, 
what historians call "countertactuals": what if you 
had accepted our conditions, or what it we had 
responded differently to that attack? Many U.S. his- 

Apparent that first morning was how irreconcilable 
the views toward the war still are. 

whole conference," McNamara said in a Washington 
planning meeting last April, "is that each of us would 
have achieved our geopolitical objectives without 
that terrible loss ot lite, either by i) not intervening 
initially or 2) getting out early with negotiations." 
Can the lessons drawn from a review ot the missed 
opportunities in Vietnam. McNamara wondered, 
"apply today and tomorrow to the goal ot prevent- 
ing, or at least reducing, the risk ot deadly contlict m 
the twenty-tirst century?" 

A conterence in Hanoi on the Vietnam War, 
however, is a radically different proposition trom one 
in Havana on the Cuban missile crisis. For one thing, 
the missile crisis had a happy ending tor the United 
States: the Soviets removed their missiles from the 
island, and the superpowers avoided a deadly con- 
trontation. The Vietnam War ended badly tor the 
United States, though just how badly remains a sub- 
ject ot passionate debate. As the most senior surviv- 
ing architect ot that war, McNamara recently has 
served as a lightning rod for such discussions; Blight 
points out that the first round of reviews ot //( Rclro- 
ipccl were not book reviews, but reviews ot the 
author's character. Following McNainara's 199s 
Hanoi trip, the Council on Foreign Kelations with- 
drew its support from the conference after board 
members (including Henry Kissinger and Jeane 
Kirkpatrick, according to sources close to the coun- 
cil) objected to what they viewed as McNamara's 
unseemly public admission ot costly mistakes in the 
capital ot a toriner enemy, mistakes that many ot 
them find highly debatable, to say the least. Brown 
then became the conterence's sole sponsor, and 

torians were uncomfortable with the basic premise of 
"missed opportunities." In their view, the Johnson 
White House's insistence on escalating the war in the 
mid-si.xties was so strong that there could have been 
no opportunity tor peace. 

Finally, the documentarv basis for a critical oral 
history on the Vietnam Wir remains one-sided. In 
recent years, documents from the former Soviet 
Union and China have begun to illuminate the 
involvement of those two superpowers in Vietnam, 
but little has come from Vietnam itself. One reason is 
that the war was fought there. "We were trying to 
bomb them back into the Stone Age," Blight says. 
"They weren't going around archiving documents. 
They were fighting tor their country's survival." But 
more significantly, Vietnam remains one ot the last 
totalitarian communist countries. Information is 
tightly controlled, and documents that might reveal 
internal disagreements or the evolution ot military 
and political strategy are closely guarded. The lack of 
documents prompted the einuieiit Harvard historian 
Ernest May, who was present at two ot the five mis- 
sile-crisis conferences, to withdraw from the Vietnam 
project last spring. 

The problem of information control became 
apparent just hours after U.S. policymakers 
aiici scholars arrived tor the main event last 
June iX, exacdy three decades after McNamara 
ordered the gathering of the Pentagon Papers. Two 
years in the planning, the conterence was iinmedi- 
ately plunged into crisis when the Vietnamese sent 
word they had decided not to honor their agreement 


to let CNN correspondent Ralph Begleiter '71 and 
his crew film the proceedings. "I've been through this 
before," Begleiter mused in the Metropole Hotel the 
next morning. "It seems familiar. It seems like the 
Soviet Union." McNamara, who had recently turned 
eighty-one, showed no outward signs of having 
flown a dozen time zones from home. "I don't hke 
what I'm hearing," he said. "I don't hke what it por- 
tends about their commitment to this conference." 

Bhght and janet Lang, now an epidemiologist at 
the Boston University School of Pubhc Health and 
an adjunct associate professor at Brown's Watson 
Institute, scrambled to negotiate a compromise. After 
a day of cajoling, the Vietnamese agreed to allow 
Begleiter to tape two conference sessions. A crisis had 
been averted, but the Americans had received a crash 
course in Vietnamese politics. 

cial assistant to Ma.xwell Taylor when Taylor was chair- 
man of the joint chiefs of staff; and Dale Vesser, a 
retired Army general who served two terms in Viet- 
nam, one as an infantry field commander. 

The Vietnamese were most famiUar with McNa- 
mara and Cooper, whose roles during the war were 
highly visible; as the men whose lives were most 
entangled in the war, they were also the Americans 
with the most at stake in the conference. "It gives me 
a strange sensation to face all of you today," Cooper 
said with emotion the first morning, looking across 
the table at the Vietnamese scholars and former offi- 
cials. They smiled back, and a few nodded their 
heads; the feeling, it seemed, was mutual. 

What became apparent that first morning, and 
what would provide plenty of fodder for a certain 
cognitive psychologist, was that the views of the two 

"This is the first time," Cooper said, "that I've discovered 
everything i've done since i was twenty-six has been wrong." 

The conference was called into session on the 
morning of'June 20 in a large, chandeliered room on 
the Metropole's ground floor. At one end, long tables 
skirted with teal fabric had been arranged in a square 
for the conference participants. Nearby were booths 
for the Vietnamese and English translators, and in one 
corner was a simple lectern draped with a Watson 
Institute banner. The rest of the room contained rows 
of tables for the U.S. and Vietnamese observers. At 
9:07 A.M., Pete Peterson, the first U.S. ambassador to 
Vietnam since the war, walked into the room and sat 
down after pausing briefly to shake hands. Peterson, 
who spent more than six years as a prisoner of war 
there, had been back in Vietnam tor only six weeks. 
(A strong supporter of the conference, he will speak 
at Brown on November 17 alongside Vietnam's 
ambassador to the United States.) 

Over the next four days, the discussions were 
alternately frustrating and illuminating. Representing 
U.S. policymakers were McNamara; Chester Cooper, 
a former CIA analyst and assistant to Averell Harriman, 
who was present at most American negotiating 
efforts during the war; Nicholas deB. Katzenbach, a 
former deputy attorney general and undersecretary 
of state; Francis Bator, a deputy national security 
adviser under President Johnson who had no official 
role in Vietnam policy but who was present for many 
of Johnson's late-night monologues on the subject; 
William Smith, a retired Air Force general and a spe- 

countries about the war had been so irreconcilable. 
McNamara wanted the conference to concentrate on 
the period from 1961 to 1968, his years in ofl'ice, but 
the Vietnamese would have none of it. For the Amer- 
icans to understand fully the missed opportunities for 
avoiding the war, they would have to begin in 1945, 
when President Truman agreed to support French 
sovereignty over Indochina. Tran Quang Co, a for- 
mer deputy foreign minister, outhned four funda- 
mental U.S. mistakes that the Vietnamese would 
return to again and again: (l) The United States 
failed to recognize the Vietnam War was a war tor 
national reunification; (2) the United States failed to 
see the war as a revolution for national liberation 
from outside interference; (3) the United States was 
wrong about the domino theory, which stated that if 
Vietnam became communist, the rest of southeast 
Asia would soon follow; and (4) the United States 
misjudged the relationships between Vietnam and its 
allies, the Soviet Union and China. "Our relation- 
ship," Co said, "was a reciprocal relationship, not one 
of donor and receiver." 

The Americans responded by trying to re-create 
the atmosphere of the 1950s. The domino theory, said 
Katzenbach, "may have been wrong, but it wasn't 
irrational. We perceived Vietnam taking aid from the 
Soviet Union and China. We perceived a unified, 
communist Vietnam as in the power of the commu- 
nist states. We saw that as a dependence that would 

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prevent Vietnam from beint; totally independent. 
There are people today who say that is still correct." 

By the end of the first day. the former American 
policymakers were frustrated by the Vietnamese 
insistence, as Co put it, that "the most serious mis- 
takes in our judgments vis-a-vis the United States 
happened prior to 1945. But after that we put it 
right. The war was imposed on our country from 
outside. The lessons of this war apply to the United 
States, not to us, because we were not in a position to 
choose to have war or not have war." 

"This is the first time in my long life," Cooper 

said a short time later, "that I've discovered every- 
thing, cvcfYtlung I've done since I was twenty-six 
years old has been wrong. ... I am not ready to admit 
that everything we did after the 19S4 Geneva agree- 
ments was wrong and immoral and everything you 
did was right and moral. I'm tired of saying we were 
wrong about everything. . . . We were right about 
some things." 

I was disappointed by yesterday's discussions," 
McNamara said before the conference recon- 
vened the next morning. "I didn't think we 
were organized and asking insightful questions." 
Fortunately, the posturing of the first day abated 
somewhat in the remaining sessions. Glimmers of 
new information occasionally emerged, pleasing the 
historians. During a discussion of the February 1965 
National Liberation Front attack on the South Viet- 
namese Army barracks in Pleiku, for example. Dang 
Vu Hiep, an Army general who was there, described 
the attack as having been ordered by a local com- 
mander and not by Hanoi. "The attack against 
Pleiku," Hiep said, "was a normal battlefield activity." 
This contradicts what U.S. officials believed at the 

time. Because McGeorge Bundy was in Saigon as 
President Johnson's representative that day, ofTicials 
believed the attack was a signal of defiance from 
Hanoi to Washington. The United States retaliated 
with an air strike against North Vietnam, beginning 
the crushing B-52 bombing of the north known as 
Rolling Thunder. To the Vietnamese, the Pleiku 
attack simply furnished a pretext for a U.S. bombing 
plan that was already determined. "Pleiku is a bus," 
said Luu Doan Huynh, a scholar at Hanoi's Institute 
for International Relations and arguably Vietnam's 
greatest e.xpert on the United States. "If we do not 
take that bus, we will take another bus. If 
you do not use Pleiku as an excuse, you 
will use another battle as an excuse." 

The Pleiku discussion sparked the 
interest of the U.S. historians, but for the 
most part they played a secondary role to 

En route to a visit with Vietnam's foreign 

minister. Cooper and McNamara pondered the 

week's unprecedented events. 

the former policymakers. For more than a 
year, both historians and pohcymakers had 
unsuccessfully tried to get the Vietnamese 
to place new documents on the table. His- 
torians of the war, such as Brown's Charles 
Neu, the University of Kentucky's George 
Herring, and Vassar's Robert Brigham, all 
of whom were at the conference, were 
looking for insight into how decisions 
were made on the Vietnamese side during 
the war. Without internal party documents or even 
notes from important meetings, a crucial ingredient 
in Blight's critical oral history formula was missing. 
To what extent was there disagreement between 
Hanoi and the National Liberation Front in the 
south, for example? At the conference, the Viet- 
namese addressed this issue carefully. "You want to 
imply differences between north and south," said 
Tran Quang Co. "We have conflicting views, of 
course. But when we have a resolution, we have a 
consensus, and those conflicting views are no longer 
important." Nguyen Co Thach, a former foreign 
minister who was the highest ranking Vietnamese 
official at the conference, put the problem a ditFerent 
way: "We are a small country. Our habit is to keep 
secrets in order to defend ourselves. We are not 
accustomed to giving secrets. Sometimes we cannot 
get access to our own secrets." 

Perhaps the most difficult topic addressed at the 
conference was that of casualties. McNamara had been 
troubled by it for some time. In his book, he wrote 
that the 3 million Vietnamese casualties during the 
war would be equivalent proportionally to the deaths 
of 27 million Americans. Yet the Vietnamese fought 


on. "What I thought," McNaniara said one morning 
before the conference convened tor the day, "was that 
a very high rate of casualties would soften them up 
for negotiations. They paid no attention whatsoever 
to casualties. It had no unpact at all militarily, and it 
had no impact on negotiations. . . .This was not part 
of [General William] Westmoreland's strategy." 

When the Americans raised the question during 
the conference sessions, the Viet- 
namese responded forcefully, show- 
ing more emotion than at any other 
time. "If Mr. McNamara believes that 
Vietnam did not take into account 
the suffering of the Vietnamese peo- 
ple," said Trail Quang Co, "then Mr. 
McNamara is wrong, terribly wrong. 
We had to e.xplain to the people why 
during this constant bombing wc 

Blight, seen here in Hanoi 

with Watson Institute Director 

Thomas Biersteker, describes his work 

as "just common sense." 

continued to fight the United States. 
This war was on Vietnamese soil. We 
understand the United States was 
hurt morally, spiritually, but we were 
hurt in all fields. But because noth- 
ing is more precious than freedom 
and independence, you cannot have 
peace and slavery." 

More bombs were dropped on 
North Vietnam during the war than 
had been dropped in all of World 
War II. The purpose was to push the 
Vietnamese to the negotiating table, 
but at the conference the Vietnamese explained that 
this would have been like expecting the British to 
negotiate during the London blitz. The point struck 
home with Francis Bator, a post- World War II Hun- 
garian immigrant who was silent for much of the 
conference. On the last day, he leaned fonvard, 
turned on his microphone, and spoke. "I haven't said 
much," he began, "because I'm really a complete out- 
sider." After a long explanation of President Johnson's 
gloomy perceptions ot the war, he continued: "I 
think the big thing I've learned here is that the 
hypothesis that additional force would lead to nego- 
tiations was wrong. I learned this from you. I learned 
how it must have felt being bombeci and damaged by 
this big monster power from across the Pacitic. This 
war damaged a president I deeply cared about. It 
damaged the United States in part because of that 
mistaken hypothesis. Our mistakes and your mistakes 
caused both ot us to suffer greatly. I am privileged tor 
the opportunity to be here." Then he switched otT 

his microphone, leaned back, and closed his eyes. 

"What is fundamentally different today than 
three years ago when I wrote In Retrospect," McNa- 
mara said in his concluding remarks, "is that I see 
more clearly than I did then that there were oppor- 
tunities to bring the two countries together for their 
common interest." The lesson, he went on, has a sig- 
nificance greater than the Vietnam War. "I don't 

believe the United States today understands China. 
And I don't think China understands the United 
States." The same mutual bemusement, McNamara 
continued, applies to the United States and the Mus- 
lim world. He concluded by urging that we let the 
misunderstandings and misperceptions that fed the 
Vietnam War serve as a warning in dealing with non- 
Western countries. 

A few hours later, before catching a plane out of 
the country, McNaniara met with General Vo 
Nguyen Giap, the former defense minister and the 
military strategist who defeated both France and the 
United States in Vietnam. The meeting did not go 
well for McNaniara. Giap, a slight man in uniform, 
smiled broadly and gave McNamara his own long 
version of the history of war and its lessons. McNa- 
mara grew increasinglv impatient. He tried to inter- 
rupt several times, and each time Giap would not 
allow him. Even now, thirrv years later, tlie enemy 
general was confounding the secretary of defense. 

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The meeting was remarkable, finally, for its lack of 
dialogue. "You are certainly winning the war of 
words," McNamara joked at one point. Giap smiled, 
but barelv paused in his lecture. 

After the conference, the U.S. participants 
came home. By summer's end, a number of 
articles and books were planned or under 
way. The final day had brought agreement 
between U.S. and Vietnamese participants that the 
event haci been an awkward start, but a start never- 
theless. "We now have a better understanding of your 
mind-set between 1961 and 196S," said Dao Huy 
Ngoc at the conclusion of the conference. "You have 
provided us with many tacts. We have also talked 
about our own mind-sets of your country. Let us 
become a model ot the relationship between a major 
power and a small country." 

perhaps could not have begun without McNamara's 
clout and visibility but that now has taken on a 
momentum ot its own. 

"What was most positive about the conference," 
he says, "is the Vietnamese responsiveness to continue 
the engagement. It isn't over." Biersteker, who has 
studied the process of democratization, also beheves 
the conference and the dialogue following it can 
help Vietnamese otTicials see the benefits of greater 
openness. "It's easy to make them into a one-dimen- 
sional, totalitarian state," he says. "The Vietnamese 
have been so obsessed with secrecy, and historically 
they saw the benefit to it. But now they're seeing that 
secrecy can be a weakness. We're giving people an 
excuse to ask questions they wouldn't otherwise have 
the opportunitv' to ask." Neu agrees that the confer- 
ence was a small but important first step. "I think at 
this stage we've made our initial breakthrough," he 


In mid-November, the relationship will continue 
when U.S. Ambassador Pete Peterson joins Vietnam's 
ambassador to the United States, Le Van Bang, tor 
two days ot public discussion on campus. Tentative 
plans are also under way tor a small group ot scholars 
to return to Hanoi in January to pick up where the 
June conterence lett ott. Charles Neu, chair ot the 
history department, has been urging Jim Blight to 
shift the tocus of future meetings away trom missed 
opportunities and toward the theme ot mutual igno- 
rance. "[In Hanoi] we were all surprised," he says, "by 
the misperceptions that continue to this day. McNa- 
mara's encounter with Giap encapsulated many ot 
them. It reminded me ot his many briet trips to 
South Vietnam in the 1960s, when he was a war 
manager in a hurry, with no patience tor policies that 
would take too much time. In this interview with 
Giap he was still in a hurry, believing that Giap 
would be brief and that he would really answer ques- 
tions. Giap, of course, was not to be rushed, tor he 
had a different sense of time, as did he and other 
Vietnamese revolutionaries during the war." 

It would be easy to see the Hanoi conference as 
an attempt by McNamara to browbeat the Viet- 
namese into e.xpiating his guilt over not ending the 
war sooner. Viewed in this light, the conference was a 
failure. Thomas Biersteker, director of the Watson 
Institute and a conference participant, believes the 
U.S. -Vietnamese exchange has begun a process that 

says, adding, "A lot of people thought Jim Blight 
wouldn't be able to pull it off. But he did." 

In the days following the conference. Blight 
locked himself in an office and jotted down his 
impressions and his suggestions tor the next step. He 
sent participants a blizzard ot paper to add to the 
stacks of memos and reports he had written before 
the conference to cajole and focus them. Then he 
was off, meeting with McNamara about the book 
they plan to write and sending invitations for the 
Vietnamese to come to Brown. 

Blight had said little during the Hanoi sessions, 
but he had been busy. There were long, late-night 
conversations with U.S. participants who were dis- 
couraged, depressecH, and frustrateci by the lack of 
progress during the day. There were press conferences 
to give and phone calls to make. Keeping so many 
egos in check can be time-consuming, tedious work. 

"There is no job description for facilitator or 
organizer," Blight says. "And there's not a lot of time 
left over with all these loose ends remaining. 1 have 
had an outHne for ten years for a book. It's the book 
where I finally take the time to e.xplain what this 
critical oral history really is. 1 call the approach phe- 
nomenology, but really it's just common sense. It's 
about encountering people on their own terms and 
on their own territory. Being in academia can some- 
times get in the way ot that, but here, tor now, they're 
letting me get away with this." cv^; 


By Meg Wolitzer '81 ■ Illustrations by Susan LeVan 

What Jack Thought 


have spent so much time in and around fiction- 
writmg workshops - both as a student and as a 
teacher - that I used to think I would spend my 
entire life in them. It would be my equivalent of 
an endless twelve-step program: Every week I'd meet 
in a spartan room with a bunch of other people, 
some of us smoking cigarettes or drinking black cof- 
fee, all of us with elaborate tales of woe that we were 
more than willing to share. 

Perhaps the most formative writing workshop I 
was ever in took place at Brown, around 1980. It was 
taught by John Hawkes, who was then a beloved 
writer-in-residence and teacher of both workshops 
and literature classes. Jack, as everyone called him, 
was a writer we all admired; I recall purchasing a 
rummage-sale copy ot his novel Tlic Lime Twig the 
summer before I was to take his class and reading it 
with a reverence usually reserved for Scripture. John 
Hawkes writes daring, rich, vaguely European prose. 
I thought about my own attempts at writing fiction; 
rd begun a novel that I would later call Sleepwalking, 
and it was slender and thoughtful and extremely 
earnest. The narrative was direct, never sinuous. There 
was nothing remotely European there; I am a prod- 
uct of American culture in ways I can't avoid, and 
this was evident in the concerns of my characters. 

What, I wondered, would Jack think of my writ- 
ing? This was the unspoken question at the time, and 
I think a similar concern hangs in the air ot every 
writing workshop. While we all want everyone in 
class to adore our writing, the deepest flush of plea- 
sure occurs when the instructor offers praise. It's as 
though workshop members can't ever break out of 
the pattern of needing to be the child preferred by 
the parent. 

Meg Wolitzer is a novelist whose books include Sleep- 
walking and This Is Your Life. Her neti' novel, Surren- 
der, Dorothy, will he publiihed next year. She lii'es in 
NewYork City. 

In some ways, a writing workshop is often a funi- 
bhng search for love wrapped in a single-minded 
desire to learn. We approach a novelist at a cocktail 
party and say, "I loved your book!" And the novelist 
modestly murmurs thank-yous and inwardly thinks; 
Yay! For writers, the product is so closely identified 
with the self as to be indistinguishable from it. Con- 
sequently, a bad review is sometimes like a kick in 
the head; tor beginning writers, a negative response 
from the rest of the workshop - and especially from 
the teacher - can feel like a concussion. 

The stakes are always high in a writing work- 
shop. They certainly were in lack Hawkes's 
class. We met late in the afternoon, during 
that low-blood-sugar time of day, once a 
week in someone's little white house off-campus, 
where we sat around the spare living room and sys- 
tematically deconstructed one another's stories. 

All workshops are informed by the personalities 
and talents of their members, and I recall a diverse 
group in that living room, ranging from mutely quiet 
to overbearing, from undistinguished to gifted. There 
was a hanclsome man who, with his sorrowful Young 
Werther features and worn leather jacket, looked the 
part of the sensitive writer, even if his prose style 
wasn't as resonant. Then there was the pale, red- 
headed woman whose fiction hinted at lesbian 
themes, all of it cloaked in nuance so subtle you 
might miss it if you weren't paying close attention. 
There was also the affable, shaggy man with the 
motorcycle who took me for my first ride through 
wet, narrow Providence streets. Years later, it's the 
personalities I remember rather than the work itself 
although the fiction was in fact sometimes quite 
good. One talented woman in Birkenstocks worked 
week after week on a very short piece about her 
father, refining and honing it into the miniature per- 
fection of a Faberge egg. 

Sometimes students aimed to shock or titillate. 


An outsider visiting our 
workshop might have been 
bewildered by the casual 
cruelty and angry outbursts. 

[ remember one 
such story from 
Jacks class, in which 
a man says good-bye to 

his wife and goes out for the day. The point of view 
cut coolly back and forth between the wife at home 
making mashed potatoes and the husband oft some- 
where performing oral sex on another man. I know I 
was a little bit shocked by the story 
at the time, while teeling that as a 
^^'^'^'^^" piece ot tiction it wasn't very 

strong. I can't remember what Jack 
thought ot the story, or even, for 
that matter, what he thought of 
most of our stories. What struck me 
then, and strikes me all the more 
cieeply now, is how he gave the 
work ot beginners the full freight ot 
his attention and respect. He 
approached each piece as though it 
had the possibility to amaze; and when it often didn't 
do just that, he seemed puzzled, wanting explana- 
tions. He sometimes seemed not to live in the same 
material universe his students and their characters 
inhabited. In one story, a character oftered another 
character some "Sara Lee," and I remember that Jack 
said, "What's Sara Lee?" having no idea that it was a 
brand name of frozen pastries, thinking, perhaps, that 
it was a person. 

But when a story was goocL when it transcended 
the boundaries of brand names and cultural refer- 
ences and titillation and was obviously bristhng with 
something that needed to be said. Jack became less 
vague and puzzled and instead full of praise. His most 
useful comments were not said aloud in class, but 
were typewritten and attached to our stories, which 
would be handed back at the end of an afternoon. 
Jack would type long, single-spaced comments that 
were more thoughtful and generous than any I have 
ever seen elsewhere in an uncfergraduate workshop. 
Some instructors siiiiplv scrawl "Good!" or "Nice 

metaphor!" or "Doesn't work for me" in the mar- 
gins, and hand the thing back, expecting a stu- 
dent to know what to do next. Jack's remarks 
on our very rough, beginning stories were 
meticulous and elaborate, like his fiction. 

I had been concerned that he wouldn't 
respond to my work, so different was it from his 
own. But Jack was at times very enthusiastic 
about my writing, and a positive response from 
him always incited me to write more. I remember 
being adrenalized by his comments and hurrying 
along Thayer Street carrying a bag from the 
Brown bookstore containing an ambitiously thick 
new ream of typing paper and a fresh, not-yet-clot- 
ted botde of Wite-Out. Back then, with the metab- 
olism ot a nineteen-year-old, I could stay up much of 
the night at my IBM Selectnc, clattering out para- 
graphs or chapters and enjoying the way my mind 
raced with its own feverish, post-adolescent self- 

As a result of Jack's thoughtful critiques, our own 
comments became more authoritative and useful, 
and the dialogue between workshop members 
turned interesting. Couples often form in writing 
workshops, brought together by a certain intensity 
that arises in these surroundings, as well as by the 
charged atmosphere that can occur when sex and/or 
emotions are discussecf openly. For many students, a 
writing workshop is a repository of all the things 
they have been storing up inside themselves through 
childhood and adolescence. There's a great sense of 
relief at being able to find a form and a forum for 
these obsessions. Finally, you can say the things your 
parents would die if they heard. And you can shape 
them into fiction, and even, if vou're luckv, be praised 
for them, too. 

Of course, more common than praise are criti- 
cism and indifterence. If an outsider had visited our 
workshop around mid-semester, he or she might 
have been bewildered by the casual cruelty and occa- 
sional angry outbursts. There were other times when 
no one wanted to say much, and Jack had to push the 
reluctant class along. A story might have been boring 
or inept, and everyone wanted to be elsewhere, but 
still we had to sit there and give the story and its 
writer their due. Sometimes a particularly outspoken 
member might skewer a story, which provided every- 
one in the class (except the author) a swif't, guilty 
rush oi schadenfreude. Mosdy, though, there was a sur- 
prising sense of camaraderie. All of us seemed to 
appreciate being taken .seriously, maybe for the first 
time. For undergraduates, a writing workshop signals 
the tail end of adolescence and the beginning of a 
tniic in \\ Inch the things you say and do - and, more 
specifically, write - might .Ktually matter. 

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liat good are these classes? This is a 
uesdon that anyone who has taught 
writing is asked. My answer is that 
they introduce a world of possibilities 
to young writers, a promise of being treated with 
courtesy and thoughtfulness and honesty. I've taught 
many kinds of workshops over the years, at colleges 
and graduate schools and adult-ed programs, but 
there's nothmg quite like an undergraduate work- 
shop. It may be that undergraduates are reading great 
novels in other classes, usually for the first 
time, and there's a particular excitement 
attached to the give-and-take of writing 
and reading. At'ter college, it becomes 
more and more difficult to find dme to 
write and read in such an uninter- 
rupted fashion. For me, a trip to the 
library is no longer an intense occasion 
for study, and it's been many years 
suice I uttered or even heard the 
word carrel. Writing workshops 
are valuable to those students 
who will end up as writers, and 
also to those who won't. 
Brown has produced a 
remarkable number of 
novehsts, but even the 
workshop members who 
don't go on to become 
writers are aided in their 
appreciation of language 
and form and the 
whole, difficult idea of 
what the author of a 
novel is "trying to do." 

In one sense, under- 
graduate workshops are 
a narcissistic enterprise, 
because they presume 
every nineteen-year-old has 
something to say worth 
writing down. We live in an 
era of instant memoirs, in 
which even a relatively 
young author is suddenly 
transformed into an old 
coot, spinning stories of a 
supposedly long-ago youth 
— even though that youth 
might have taken place dur- 
ing the Reagan era. But I would counter this criti- 
cism with the suggestion that narcissism is one of the 
foundations for writing. Without the conviction that 
you can write something worth reading, you will 
never write anything meant for anyone's eyes but 

In a writing workshop, you can 
say the things your parents would 
die if they heard and, if you're 
lucky, be praised for them. 

your own. Not all writing is solipsistic, and the best 
writing is often not about the writer but about a 
world the writer knows well. 

Another question often asked is: Can writing be 
taught? In all fairness I'd have to say that, if I look 
back at Jack's workshop, I'm not too surprised to see 
which ot those students went on to be writers and 
which didn't. Even then you could see the sproutings 
ot what would become a style, a voice, and what 
would stay in the realm of student writing forever. 
No one can be taught to write the way they can be 
taught to play the oboe or drive a car, but they can 
be directed through the right channels and tunnels 
and nuances, shown when something they write 
rings false and when something else is terrific. To a 
great extent, ot course, the success of the class all 
depends on the instructor; he or she is responsible for 
keeping the right pH balance of candor and sensitiv- 
ity in the room, and for keeping the students from 
squabbling or dissolving into defensive tears. A good 
instructor sets the tone and the standards and keeps 
all the students struggling tor something slightly out 
ot reach in their own work. Jack's class made me less 
afraid to be critical both ot my own and others' 
work; it taught me that it was possible to say some- 
thing negative about a piece of writing, and nothing 
bad would happen. I also learned that it was perfectly 
all right to be excited when something worked, to 
celebrate language and good prose. 

There's currently a preprofessional atmosphere on 
many college campuses, and in that context a writing 
workshop has about as many practical applications as 
a class in Yiddish or Latin. But even though what you 
learn in a good workshop is usually nonHnear, its 
reverberafions and whispered echoes may last a life- 
time. When I read a book these days, I sometimes 
imagine the way the writer might have been treated 
in Jack's workshop. And when I'm writing my own 
fiction, 1 picture my words open and vulnerable to 
the criticism ot a gaggle ot eager nineteen-year-olds 
and one seasoned, distinguished novelist. The image 
keeps me from being lazy and makes me long to be 
better, to turn my work more interesting - to make it 
into something Jack would like. 

Jack Hawkes showed us our foibles and particular 
muscularities back in the living room of a small 
white house seventeen years ago. He seriously con- 
sidered our stories and marked them up with real 
care. His class did not make me into a writer; I 
wanted to be one before then. But he offered praise 
and criticism that thrilled or stung, and he helped me 
to become intensely self-critical. 

We taught Jack Hawkes what Sara Lee was, 
and he taught us how to look at our writing with 
open eyes, c^ 



The Marriage 

what's a psychiatrist doing in Ann Landers territory? 
In his new book, the author of Listening to Prozac 
takes on troubled relationships. 

I VI i 

You are in your middle thirties, married six 
years. Elements of a true partnership are 
absent from your relationship. Since it has 
not been decided who gets to read the front 
section first, you have ordered a second copy of the 
morning paper. You have no joint bank accounts. 
Disagreements about timing have led you to post- 
pone parenthood. Traveling, you meet colleagues 
who enthrall you, who embody the virtues your 
spouse lacks. You enter into intense platonic affairs. 
Even when these affairs extend beyond the platonic, 
they do not end the marriage. But they lead to fur- 
ther dissatisfaction and further acrimony. Your friends 
know none of this. From the outside, things look fine. 
It is time to decide whether to have a child. That 
or divorce, since you want children. It seems unfair to 
start a family before answering certain basic ques- 
tions. Is family lite possible with one another? Is your 
spouse trustworthy? Is this a family in which a child 
can grow up happy? 

If you were to come to me for advice, you would 
tell me a story of frustration, doubt, mistakes made. 
Before you met Francis you dated warm, empathic 
men you could talk with, but each disappointed you 
111 his own way. One took drugs. Another failed at 
jobs and leaned on you financially. One lost his keys 
continually and called you out of work to rescue 
hini. When you met Francis, you knew you would 
marry him. He was competent. At the same time, he 
took your viewpoint into account, talked issues 
through at length. He was a little more mechanical in 
his considerateness than the men you were used to. 
From the start you were aware in yourself of a whis- 
per of concern not quite silenced by the thrill you 
felt in the face of his decided iiiasculimrs'. 

That whisper is now clearly audible. Francis's 
insistence on control has loomed ever larger. He 
decides how the drawers in the living-room desk 
must be arranged, how bills and correspondence 
must be filed. He will not attend gatherings with 
people he considers frivolous: go alone if you must. 
He hates it when you waste money, even if the 
nionev is vours. He rants it you fail to turn out the 
lights. Or if you leave the caps off soda bottles. 

50 ♦ N V H M B K R / D E C E M B l; U I <J 9 7 

You have been in psychotherapy over your 
response to Francis. You know his daily gestures 
arouse disproportionate fear in you, fear that he will 
be like your father, who dominated your mother 
mercilessly. When Francis steps on your toe, you 
repeat a mantra supplied by three different therapists: 
He'i not my father. The reminder helps for a minute, 
then all hell breaks loose. Often you wish you had 
not married Francis. 

For the habitually giving and compliant, growth entails withholding; 

,„, the hab-ypass«,Hn,eans,aking.he initiative. 

If you were to come to me for advice, you would 
tell me a story of frustration, doubt, mistakes made. 
Before you met Frances, you dated women who 
were reasonable, predictable, good pals. You avoided 
anyone impulsive, anyone who played the scatter- 
brain and got what she needed through cuteness. It 
took you some years to see this pattern, since on the 
surface you liked a variety of women. Women with 
sultry voices, women with shy laughs. But in each 
case, you knew that the person beneath was sober 
and responsible, a trustworthy negotiating partner. 
Or else you left in a hurry. In time, each girlfriend 
came to bore you. You prideci yourself on the matu- 
rity of your separations. In your heart you knew that 
this success was due to your caution; you chose 
unimpassioned women and then threw cold water 
on whatever sparks you ignited in them. 

Frances was different. Businesslike most of the time, 
but prone to tease, mock, flirt. She hurt you from the 
start, but you became obsessed with winning her. 
Now you cannot stand her impulsivity and her 
spending habits. You are afraid she will bleed you dry 
with womanly "needs" for frills, as your mother did 
your father. You feel helpless when Frances throws 
money away on gewgaws or expensive vacations that 
end in rage and tears. She resists any effort you make 
at rationalizing the domestic routine. You see future 
motherhood as making her only more self-indulgent. 
At the same time, it is her coldness that hurts you 
most. The women you turn to outside the marriage 
are at once more rational and more adoring. You are 
often ready to leave the marriage. At the same time, 
you know that your objections are petty. You like 
what Frances brings to the household. You have 
never loved anyone as, on good days, you love her. 

The evening before the visit to my office, you 
have a blowup over nothing. It is the night of 
your repertory theater subscription. You have pre- 
pared a thoughtful early dinner for Frances, a pasta 
dish you ate on your honeymoon. She acknowledges 
your effort but appears distracted. After dinner, you 
look in the desk drawer where you keep important 
slips of paper. The theater tickets are nowhere to be 
found. You notice that receipts from Frances's charge 
account at a clothing boutique have been stuffed in 

You are annoyed at Frances for her prodigality 
and, worse, her slovenliness. You yell at her, she yells 
back at you. Frances has a hissy fit and marches out 
the door. You collect yourself and head to the the- 
ater, where you meet the friends with whom you 
share a subscription. You claim your seat without 
trouble and explain Frances's absence, but you find 
yourself unable to focus on the first act. At intermis- 
sion you down tvvo quick drinks and sidle up to a 
friend's wife; you have always considered her stiff, but 
tonight her reasonableness entrances you. You return 
home glum in the certainty that relations will be icy 
for days. To your surprise, you find yourself m tears 
before Frances, and she before you. The evening ends 
in not entirely unexpected fashion, with tender love- 

Or: It is the night of your repertory theater sub- 
scription. For once Francis has bothered to give 
some thought to dinner. It annoys you that he wants 
credit for doing rarely what he should do regularly. 
He leaves the table with that martyr's face on, and 
then to top it all he has misplaced the tickets. 

Predictably, he translates his frustration into an 
assault on you. You tolerate his fit of pique until he 
crosses the line and attacks your sense of reality. 
For a second you consider the possibility that you 
did misplace the tickets. Then you fly into rage: 
This is just what men do, what your father did 
to your mother. Men appropriate reality'. When 
Francis locks the desk drawer and pockets the key, 
he has gone too far. No man can control a woman 
in this way. You collect yourself, storm out the 
door, and head for a bar that an understanding co- 
worker frequents. He is not there tonight, so you 
return home and jimmy open the desk, crushing 
a few strips of veneer m the process. You calm your- 
self by going over business reports while in bed, 
but you are in despair over the marriage. Later, you 
catch yourself missing Francis's presence, are moved 
when his foolish apologetic face peers round the 
door frame. 


.S I 


Finding good advice about relationships 
isn't easy, says Clinical Professor of Psy- 
chiatry Peter Kramer, because there is too 
much advice to be had. "There is almost 
a universal culture of self-help out there," 
he says. "Much of mass culture has advice 
embedded in it - sitcoms, Saturday-morn- 
ing cartoons, books, magazines, movies. 
Is there anything an expert can give that 
goes beyond it?" 

In his new book, Should You Leave?, 
the Providence psychiatrist - well-known 
for his 1993 bestseller. Listening to Prozac 
- alternates ruminations on psychoanalysis 
with evocative stories of intimate human 
interaction. The book ranges from what he 
calls "the forgotten history of mid-century 
therapy," to a description of some atro- 
cious marital advice given by Sigmund 
Freud to one of his students, to Kramer's 
contemporary, conversational examination 
of the relationship between "Francis" and 
"Frances" excerpted on these pages. Their 
story, Kramer says, "speaks to this pop- 
culture notion that men and women are 
very distinct. That men are from . . . well, 

Frances and Francis, Kramer is quick 
to point out, are not real people. While 
his experiences as a practicing therapist 
inform his work as a writer, "the case 
histories are not just disguised," he says, 
"but entirely reshaped." This is a point 
of professional pride. After the publication 
of Listening to Prozac, in which Kramer 

Peter Kramer 

imposed a similar distance between his 
real patients and those described in the 
book, David A. Smith, a former patient, 
wrote a tongue-in-cheek article for the 
Washington Post expressing his frustra- 
tion at not being able to recognize him- 
self in Prozac. Kramer was gratified by 
Smith's good-humored harangue. 

After the success of Listening to Prozac, 
Kramer wanted to try writing a novel, but 
his publisher warned him against disap- 
pointing his audience. So Kramer compro- 
mised: he wrote Should You Leave? as a 
work of nonfiction in the second person. 
"I thought of a book that would be on the 
boundary between fiction and nonfiction," 
he says. "I want to help people see things 
from multiple perspectives. People come 
for advice because they have an awareness 
that they're trapped within a limited per- 
spective. The second-person voice lets me 
tell these stories as if they were true." 

Though his first love is writing, Kramer 
continues to run a small psychiatric prac- 
tice on Providence's East Side. He writes in 
the morning and sees patients in the after- 
noon. "I think of [being a psychiatrist] as 
having a handicraft," he says. "All medieval 
philosophers had to have a craft - Spinoza 
was a lens grinder. It's a way of being 
invested in a serious and practical way with 
people." - Chad Calts 


^ft o, Francis or Frances, should you stayr I see the 
^^F charm in your marriage. I like the way your 
childishness is laid out before us. I hke the way you 
both stick to your guns, and the way you forgive 
each other substantial trespasses. As I listen, one mea- 
sure I rely on is which impulse I am trying to con- 
trol, smiling or tearing up. I find myself suppressing a 
smile. I mention the appeal of your squabbling to dif- 
fuse your anxiety^ Because I think the first element in 
your question "Should I leave?" is the couples' equiv- 
alent of the plaint that pervades individual psy- 
chotherapy: "Am I crazy?" You want to know how 
bad things are. 

I've seen much worse. Your marriage is like a 
promising graduate student who can never quite fin- 
ish the thesis; its strong point is potential. The ques- 
tion is whether you are likely to let that potential 
develop. I have a single strong impression: You have 
pulled oft the ultimate in matching. You have mar- 
ried your rwin, your alter ego — orderly, driven, ver- 
bal, and empathic, appreciative of baseball, musical 
theater, domestic routine, and long walks in the fall 
woods. As a couple you bring to mind the problem 
ot resonance in physics, where interacting systems of 
closely matched frequency give rise to wider oscilla- 
tions and less self-correction than systems that are 
out ot sync. 

Here's what's worrisome: You are barely married. 
You share little; you take your problems outside. You 
have been told, in therapy and by friends, that you 
have trouble tolerating intimacy. 

Your marriage is sustained by your arguing. 
Anger is the lowest form of emotion, the one that 
remains when the capacity to tolerate love or even 
anxiety and depression disappears. Anger is a form ot 
closeness. But for you there is another element. 
Anger dampens fear: You have survived the worst a 
man or a woman can do; you are still intact. You tol- 
erate even infidelity', knowing that your relationship 
IS primary; the philandering is only one more way of 
modulating distance in the marriage. But it security 
cannot be assured in other ways, you will always 
require further arguments and betrayals. Ot course, 
these platitudes apply only in a minor degree. You are 
at the mild end of the spectrum ot emotionally 
unconsummated marriages. I have seen a couple sus- 
tained by frequent knife-throwing, a nit^re concrete 
method tor mociulating distance. 

Given your wish to have children soon, isn't it 
time to end this charade? If you are going to judge 
that this relationship is hopeless, you will want to 
make that decision now and move on. 

Research on the eft'ects of divorce has made ther- 
apists less likelv than they once were to predict that 

I see the charm in your marriage. 

Hike the way your childishness is laid out before us. 

ending a ditFicult marriage will help children. I tend to 
worry that divorce and remarriage wiU provide a child 
with four underdeveloped parents instead ot two. 

The image ot a child in the house affects my 
view ot your relationship. A key element m 
parenting is allowing the child to be who he or she 
is. That talent for acceptance seems absent in this 
marriage. You require that the other be exactly like 
you. This marriage would not be a bad place to begin 
to acquire a talent for acceptance. The good news is 
that you have married someone who has tew of the 
shortcomings you associate with his or her gender. In 
choosing a partner who shows hints ot flair, or deter- 
mination, you fear you have done something 
intensely neurotic. On the contrary, I see your choice 
as optimistic, a sign ot selt-contidence. Wouldn't it be 
a fine working-out of your story for you to enjoy a 
(slightly) flamboyant wife or a (slightly) decisive hus- 
band? This sort of resolution implies a change in 
your own self a growth in willingness to be "taken 
advantage of" (again, slightly); there might be plea- 

sure in the change, a rela.xed feeling of diminished 
vigilance. Perhaps accommodating will be more sat- 
isfying than leaving a demanding mate and tlnding a 
dull one. 

1 don't want to gloss over the challenge your 
marriage poses. No one can be enthusiastic about 
adding children to your small family as it stands now. 
My optimism has less to do with your current 
behavior than with my assessment of where the 
problem lies. It resides within you. The problem is 
not your choice; the problem is how you live with 
that choice. 

What if yours were not a peas-in-a-pod marriage 
but an opposites-attract, division-of-psychic-labor, 
we-two-make-one-whole-person marriage? They 
exist, the sitcom unions between insensitive, compe- 
tent husbands and attuned, impractical wives. The 
priority in such a marriage might be less tolerating 
the other than allowing the self to resemble the 
other, reclaiming potential that has been denied. 

In any relationship, conflict tends to inspire a 
retreat to temperament - the slightly passive one 
becomes entirely passive, the active one entirely 
active. Growth is often a move against the grain, 
against temperament, toward a greater repertory of 
responses. For the habitually giving and compliant, 
growth entails withholding; tor the habitually passive. 
It means taking the initiative. To go against tempera- 
ment is not necessarily a betrayal of the carefully 
honed self Appreciation of others' temperaments and 
one's own suppressed traits is not self-abnegation but 
an e.xpansion ot possibility. The trick is to act on the 
basis ot examination as an expression of hope, not 

in the end, the urgency ot the ticking biological 
clock does little to alter what I might say to you in a 
brief consultation. Is there nothing at all I could 
learn about either of you that would cause me to 
advise you ditferently? Of course, the marriage might 
look vital to you and dead to me. Or a betrayal that 
strikes you as routine might seem to me a sign of 
irredeemably damaged character. There are all sorts 
ot close decisions - like the tellow who comes home 
to tiiid his wite /;( fliii^ydinc ih'licto with the neighbor 
and says,"Mn(' I'm getting suspicious." 

But then, if you have really missed clear signals in 
your intimate lite, or have chosen to ignore them, we 
would need to understand why. In a culture, or per- 
haps a species, where most people are so exact in 
finding a mate, why is it that you, who have the 
many strengths to engage in this consultative session, 
have managed to mistake yours? c^ 

Adapted from Should You Leave? (Sciibiicij. 



Where it all began: Tom First (left) and Tom Scott, 
with their dogs Pete and Becky, on a Nantucket dock. 


Juice Guys 

They started with a floating 
lemonade stand. Now they 're 
taking on Siiapple. 

By Jennifer Sutton 
Photograph by John Foraste 


I he inspiration came the winter 
JL after they graduated. Tom First 
and Tom Scott were living on Nantucket 
Island off the coast of Massachusetts, hav- 
ing declared themselves uninterested in 
the "suit-and-tie world." During the sum- 
mer they ran a busy harbor delivery ser- 
vice from their boat, AUserue. When the 
tourists went home and the temperatures 
dropped, the two patched together a liv- 
ing with whatever jobs they could find - 
shucking scallops, banging nails, even 
shampooing the occasional dog. One cold, 
dreary evening, as they wondered if they'd 
survive another off-season, they had an 
idea. First had been trying, with some 
success, to re-create m the blender a deli- 
cious peach nectar he'd tasted on a trip to 
Spain. Why not sell the concoction off the 
boat the following summer? 

It didn't seem like much of a money- 
maker, but the two young men. First 
claims, "were more interested in making 
reaUy good juice." And they did; people 
inhaled the stuff. A few weeks into tourist 
season. First and Scott were hand-bottling 
peach-orange juice - which they'd dubbed 
Nantucket Nectar - to keep up with de- 
mand. By summer's end they had pooled 
their savings and hired a bottling plant to 
pasteurize and package several thousand 
cases, which they distributed to stores on 
Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and Cape 
Cod, as well as from their boat. 

Those seat-of-the-pants days are long 
gone. This year, First, Scott, and their loo- 
plus employees will sell thirty-three kinds 
of beverages around the world, to the 

tune of nearly $60 million. In 1996 Nan- 
tucket Nectars made Inc. magazine's list of 
the twenty fastest-growing private com- 
panies in the country. Last spring, Tom 
& Tom, as they are known, won the New 
England Entrepreneur of the Year award 
from the accounting firm Ernst & Young. 

Yet early on, few people took them 
seriously. Their upper-middle-class families, 
who'd vacationed on Cape Cod for years, 
tolerated the boat and juice businesses as 
youthful dabbhng. Scott's brother called 
the pair the "spinning-the-wheels club," 
and First's mother held out hope that her 
son would go to law school. 

Undeterred, First and Scott stuck to 
one simple goal: to have a business on 
Nantucket that would operate year- 
round. Because all their juice revenues 
got poured back into production, they 
didn't give themselves paychecks for sev- 
eral years; Scott even lived in his car one 
summer. "Not knowing what we were 
doing was actually an advantage," says 
Scott. "We had no idea how hard it would 
be, so we just kept going." 

Once the peach juice was a hit, they 
moved on to lemonade, cranberry-grape- 
fruit, and other combinations, naively 
believing that a quality product was all 
they needed to break into the high-stakes 
beverage market. They learned retailing 
the hard way: store owners, for example, 
would inquire whether Nantucket Nec- 
tars came with POS (promotional mater- 
ial they could set up at the "point of 
sale"). "Absolutely," the two Toms would 
promise. Driving away, they'd turn to each 
other and ask, "What the hell is POS?" 

First and Scott made up for their in- 
experience with dogged persistence. They 
kept showing up at stores in a rented 
Dodge van filled with juice. They bom- 
barded New England with free samples, 
setting up tables at concerts and sports 
events, on college campuses and busy city 
streets. Still, they were barely breaking even. 

A turning point came in 1993, when 
First and Scott sold half the company to 
a businessman (whom they won't iden- 
tify) for $500,000. The cash transfusion 
allowed them to add new juices to their 
repertoire, improve old ones, and broaden 

their market beyond the East Coast. 

And though their business sophisti- 
cation has developed along with the 
company - which outgrew its quarters on 
Nantucket and now operates mainly from 
Cambridge, Massachusetts - they remain 
fierce anti-bureaucrats. The Nantucket 
Nectars building feels more like a frater- 
nity house than a corporate headquarters. 
The employees all look about twenty- 
five; pet dogs wander the halls; and Scott, 
the company CEO, is dressed in running 
shoes, beat-up khakis, and a faded T-shirt. 
Yet even in this laid-back environment, 
he and First, the COO, are always looking 
over their shoulders. "There are thousands 
who want us to fail," Scott says. 

"It's probably our paranoia that keeps 
us moving forward," adds First. That 
momentum has led Nantucket Nectars to 
introduce si.x "Super Nectars" aimed at a 
new generation of health-foodies, con- 
taining ginseng, spiruhna, wheatgrass, and, 
of course, fruit juice. "The consumer is 
changing, the industry is changing, and 
we need to stay ahead," says First. "We 
don't want to be Sears in 1997; we want 
to be Home Depot." 

Compared to industry giants like 
Snapple, Nantucket Nectars is a drop in 
the bottle. Tom & Tom promote the 
disparity by revealing amusing personal 
tacts in radio ads and inside their purple 
bottle caps: Tom First has a big nose, for 
example, and both Toms dropped out of 
an accounting course at Brown. Every 
bottle bears their folksy credo: "We're 
juice guys who don't wear ties to work 
. . . We won't let you down." 

This romantic image makes Nantucket 
Nectars a tantalizing morsel for larger com- 
panies. While Scott insists that "exit strat- 
egy is something we don't discuss around 
here," both he and First admit they might 
sell - later rather than sooner - "to keep 
the company moving forward." And what 
would they do then? Perhaps start another 
business, muses Scott. Maybe go back to 
the original Allserve, First adds, only half- 
joking. With accounting, sales, and prod- 
uct development all happening aboard 
one nineteen-foot boat, he says wistfully, 
"it was the best job in the world." c^ 


5 5 

5 f) ♦ N O V t M B E K / I) li C H M H E H 19 9 7 

The Classes 



Anona Holloway Kirkland was honored 
with ,1 litetiine service .iw.ird by the Ainencin 
Society of Panama on May 15. E. Howard 
Wenzel '53, president of the society, pre- 
sented Anona with the award. Anona has 
lived in Panama since World War II and was 
editor of the society page for Tlic Star and 
Herald, an English-language newspaper, from 
iyS7 to lySy. A recipient of the Women 
Helping Women award from Seroptomist 
International, she helped found the Inter- 
American Women's Club and has long been 
active in promoting the role of women in 
Panamanian society. 

1928 07 

th Reunion 

Save the dates for our 70th reunion. May 
22-25. Come back to Brown for a lively cele- 
bration. There will be educational ofterings, 
cultural events, and plenty of time to renew 
old acquaintances and re-energize your spirit. 
Watch your mail this fall for an invitation 
to celebrate, commemorate, and participate! 

193 1 

Sterling Nelson (see Douglas K. Nelson 


1933 © 

th Reunion 

Save the dates for our 6sth reunion. May 22-25. 
Come back to Brown for educational offer- 
ings, cultural events, and a chance to renew 
old acquaintances and re-energize your spirit. 
Watch your mail this fall for an invitation to 
celebrate, commemorate, and participate! 


•TTlth Reunion 

Start planning to come to our 6oth reunion to 
be held Memonal Day weekend. May 22-25. 
Bill Rice, chair of the reunion committee. 


Pkasc send the lalest about your job, family, 
travels, or other neii's to Tlie Classes, Brown 
Alumni Magazine, Box ii<34, Providence, 
R.I. 02gi2; fax (401) Sdygsgg: e-mail 
BAMiu-hrownvm. brown. edu. Deadline for 
March/April riassnotes: Jannary ly 

hopes for a big turnout. Talk it up with your 
classmates! The other members of the com- 
mittee are Phyllis Littinan Corwin. Alice 
Harrington, Luke Mayer, Sam McDonald, 
Herbert Noble, Robert and Jean Thomas, 
and Charles Walsh. - Liihe Mayer 


Jeremy and Ian Hochberg, grandsons of 
Earl W. Harrington Jr. and Louise Whit- 
ney Harrington '59, Cranston, R.I., are tresh- 
men at Brown this year. Their cousin Samuel 
Younkin "00, also Earl and Louise's grand- 
son, IS in his second year, studying engineering. 

1943 Q 

th Reunion 

If you were among the 1 13 classmates who 
attended our 50th reunion (seventy-five men 
and thirry-eight women, plus spouses), then 
you know what a happy time we had. Our 
55th begins on May 22 with the traditional 
cocktail parry to renew friendships, and it will 
end May 25 with the march down the Hill. 
Watch this column for news of events on 
May 23 and 24 - some surprises are in store! 
Don't forget to send in your news update for 
the '43 Neivs and I lews. 

Family members of the late Thomas D. 
McKone have contacted the BAM to correct 
some information carried in his obituary last 
year. Tom, who died in September 1996, is 
survived by two daughters and six sons, includ- 
ing David "6y, Michael '74, Kevin 'So, and 
John 'S5. Tom worked at General Electnc tor 
forty years. At his retirement in 1986, he was 
manager of engineering for GE's international 
gas turbine department in Schenectady, N.Y. 
Tom's widow, Phyllis, may be reached at 965 
Avon Crest Blvd., Schenectady, N.Y. 12309. 


Dorothy Bornstein Berstein and her hus- 
band. Isadore, Pawtucket. R.I., spent the last 
three weeks of Apnl touring and sightseeing m 
Belgium and Holland. "Is and I enjoyed ever>' 
minute - but paced ourselves," Dorothy writes. 

Doris Loehenberg Brown, White Plains, 
N.Y.. retired last year from being a school 
psychologist in White Plains. "Time has flown 
by since my retirement," she writes. "Travel, 
pursuing hobbies, and being free to go have 
contributed to the pleasures of being a lady of 
leisure." Dons .md her husband, Ray, who 
IS also retired, celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary June 14. 

Gloria Carbone LoPresti .md her hus- 

band, Sam, Providence, are enjoying their 
retirement with travel, bridge, and catching up 
with foniier classmates. Their son, Anthony, 
a doctoral candidate at Boston College's school 
of theolog)', was recently married. 

Betty Heiden Froelich, New York City, 
reports that she and her husband, Ralph, spent 
five days in April 199C1 with Ann Hofmann 
Horton and Frank Horton, both '45, with 
whom they became friendly on the Brown 
C'hina tnp m 19S3. The Froelichs visited S<ivan- 
nah and Charleston, where they saw Elois 
Kates Julius aiici Dick, who were visiting their 
daughter and her fimily there. The Froelichs 
and the Hortons have also e.xchanged visits 
in Maine and Chnton Comers, N.Y. Betry- is 
still involved with Community Access, an 
organization providing housing and support 
services to people with psychiatric disabilities. 
Her daughter, Jo Grossman, owns and runs 
the MysteiT Cafe in Sheffield, Mass. 



r S 

Brush with Fame: For thirty years Natalie 
Brush Lewis '47 has channeled a fascina- 
tion with light into her watercolor paint- 
ings. Recently a panel of art professionals 
and Crumbacher staff honored Lewis by 
inducting her into the Crumbacher Hall of 
Fame, one of the highest honors a contem- 
porary artist can receive 

Natalie Course Prokesch, New Lon- 
don, Conn., was visiting Antigua during the 
week of the class reunion. 

As a member of the Institute for Retired 
Professionals of the University of Miami, 
Miriam Norbery Schofield, Miami, Fla., 
took a creative-writing class last year and 
contributed two stories to a book, Full Circle. 
This year she will coordinate a six-week series 
on alternative medicine for the institute. Last 
spring Miriam \isited Rome and Florence. 

Virginia Siravo Stanley, Vincennes, 
hid., wntes: "At 73 1 should be thinking about 
retiring, but I am still busy with real estate 
sales and my income tax service." Her daugh- 
ter, Sydney, of Coronado, Cahf , is now a 
vice president of Advanced Markenng Services 
in San Diego. Son Jeffrey is working in Tampa, 
Fla., and Virginia's oldest son, Eric, of Pensa- 
cola, Fla., is battling cancer. Another daughter, 
Kathy, is a housewife in Los Angeles, and 
daughter Adrian lives in Chapel Hill, N.C. 
"Ten grandchildren, frequent trips to Europe, 
and all the family keep me busy, busy, busy." 



th Reunion 

On May 24, the combined classes of 1945, "46, 
'48, and 49 met for an otT-year mini-reunion 
at the Brown Faculty Club. Attending were 
Jean Tanner Edwards, president of the class 
ot '4.S; Dolores Pastore DiPrete, president 
of the class of '49; Nan Bouchard Tracy, 
reunion coordinator for '46; Nancy Cantor 
Eddy, president of the Pembroke class of '48; 
and Lenore Saffer Tagerman. Gloria Mar- 
kofi" Winston, Connie Hurley Andrews, 
Singer Gammell, Breffny Feely Walsh, 
Barbara Oberhard Epstein, Selma Her- 
inan Savage, Alice Donahue "4(), Miche- 
lina Rizzo, Lotte Povar, Marjorie Logan 
Hiles '49, and Christina John Gargas '49. 

The Pembroke class of '48 has a special 
interest: a resumed education scholarship 
begun at the 2sth reunion. Last fill $43,000 
was in the scholarship fund before we began a 
50th-reunion phonathon to raise the total to 
$50,000, 1 am pleased to announce that we 
surpassed that, and as of this date we have 
$62,347. The interest on this amount is used 
to fund the scholarship. So far we have sup- 
ported thirteen resumed-education students. 

The current scholarship student, Elizabeth 
Corey '00, told those at the mini-reunion 
about her activities at Brown and her future 
plans. Connie Hurley Andrews, vice presi- 
dent of Pembroke '4S, read a list of fomier 
recipients and related what they are doing now. 

Next spring is our 50th reunion - it's hard 
to believe the time has amved. Put down the 
dates: May 22-25, Betty Montali Smith 
and her committee have been working hard 
to plan a wonderful weekend. The University 
wil] provide on-campus accommodations at 
no charge, but if you are staying otl-campus, 
make your reservations early. Send your bio- 
graphical infomiation and photos for the 
reunion yearbook. If you have questions, call 
alumni relations at (401) 863-1997. - Niiiuy 
Cantor Eddy 


Dead Scrolls Talking: Ernest Frerichs 
'48, professor emeritus of religious studies 
at Brown and a former dean of the Gradu- 
ate School, recently served on the aca- 
demic committee overseeing the Interna- 
tional Congress on the Dead Sea Scrolls. 
With 300 participants, the Jerusalem event 
was the largest scholarly discussion of the 
scrolls since they were discovered fifty 
years ago. 

George S. Bogorad writes: "I joined the 
zipper club! Last March 17 I had open-heart 
surgery and four bypasses here in West P.ihn 
Beach, Sixty days later I had a stress test, and 



A Feel for Things 

Finding water the old-fashioned way 

When a severe drought dried up the water 
supply at his Bernardston, Massachusetts, 
home thirty years ago, Sterling Nelson called 
his friend Earl White, a renowned master 

Within minutes of arriving at Nelson's 
home. White had used his dowsing rod 
to locate a spot where Nelson could success- 
fully drill for water. As he left, the master 
dowser nonchalantly tossed his forked stick 
to the ground. Once he was alone. Nelson 
picked it up. "I automatically knew how to 
hold it, even though I'd never held a dowsing 
rod before," he recalls. "1 started thinking 
about water, and the stick pointed to the 
ground." A dowser was born. 

In the ancient art of locating water, the 
dowser walks over an area while holding a 
dowsing rod (Nelson prefers a Y-shaped stick 
from a maple tree) at a forty-five-degree 

angle to the ground. When the dowser passes 
over an underground vein, the stick points 
straight down. Nelson describes the sensa- 
tion as "immediate pressure. If you're a good 
dowser you'll even get your hands scratched 
up, it happens with so much force." 

Over the years. Nelson has refined his 
talent so that he can now locate water thou- 
sands of miles from his home without using 
a stick. "I helped out a lady in Colorado," 
Nelson says. "One of her wells had too much 
salt, and her other well was completely dry. 
I diverted the salt vein away from the first 
well and diverted a good vein into the second. 
She ended up with two good wells." Al- 
though most long-distance dowsers require 
a map of the area and a pendulum to swing 
over it, Nelson accomplishes his distance 
dowsing "all in my head." 

And his gifts don't stop there. Nelson 
says he has helped sick friends by examining 
the magnetic zones flowing under their 
house. "I try to close up veins that might be 
flowing in the wrong direction," he explains. 

After thirty years of dowsing. Nelson 
claims his rod not only indicates the presence 
of water, but also can answer any question. 
"I could even ask it how the Brown football 
team will do this season," he says. 

So will the Bears have a winning year? 
"Oh, I haven't asked yet," Nelson responds 
slyly. "It would take all the fun out of it if 
you knew." - Torri Still 

the doctor reported that I could go swimming 
and that I didn't need any cardiac rehab. My 
rapid recovery was astounding!" George 
reports that he is still retired and walks for a 
minimum often minutes, twice a day. 

veteran and the author of an adventure novel 
Coiii)iiiail Hiirrictiiie!, set in Rhode Island, 
Don IS publishing a new self-help book on 
public speaking. 


1953 sa 

Don Vieweg, Warwick. R.I., recendy re- 
ceived a L^istinguished Toastmaster Award, the 
highest award given by Toastmasters Interna- 
tional to public speakers. He is a member of 
the Ocean State Toastmasters and the National 
Speakers Association. A World War II Navy 

th Reunion 

Save the dates for our 45th reunion. May 22-25. 
Come back to Brown for educational offer- 
ings, cultural events, and a chance to renew 
old acquaintances and re-energize your spirit. 
Watch your mail this tall for an invitation to 
celebrate, commemorate, and participate! 

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Slide-Rule Pioneer 

Brown's first female engineer returns 
to campus. 

When Anne Renzi Wright '47 took the stage at 
the engineering division's sesquicentennial 
celebration in September (see page 10), what 
surprised her was not the size of the audience 

- about 100 - but its gender. "There were so 
many men!" she exclaims. 

Wright had no idea the subject of her talk 

- her experiences as Brown's first female 
engineering graduate - would draw so much 
male interest. She believed the engineering 
sesquicentennial would be an opportunity not 
only for her to review student research projects, 
but to speak with women enrolled in today's 
engineering program. Besides, when she was 
completing her degree fifty years ago, few 
people, male or female, took an interest in 
her plans. "A lot of the women couldn't under- 
stand why 1 was doing it," Wright remembers. 
"Most of them didn't want anything to do with 
math or science. They were busy playing 
bridge while I worked on my lab reports." 

Wright's interest in engineering began in 
high school, when, encouraged by her guid- 
ance counselor, she took an elective course in 
drafting. "I was bored with home economics 
classes," she says. During her freshman week 
at Pembroke, the shy seventeen-year-old met 
Dean Nancy Duke Lewis, who took an interest 

Anne Renzi Wright and her fellow engineering students 
from Professor Franklin 0. Rose's descriptive geometry class, circa 1944. 

in Wright's quest for an engineering degree 
and offered support. Over the next four years 

her professors, though not particularly en- 
couraging, "didn't treat me any differently - 
once they got over the initial shock that I had 
stayed in the program." 

The contrast between Wright and conven- 
tional engineering students was particularly 
stark during World War II, when most of her 
classmates were men in their twenties sent by 
the U.S. Navy to earn degrees in naval science. 
Without the Navy students, Wright says, "the 
engineering program would have been put on 
ice during the war. Or else I would have been 
the only one in most of my classes." Some- 
times efforts to fight a war and get a degree 
jostled for campus space. Wright remembers 
setting up equipment for a surveying class 
under Soldiers Arch. "As soon as we got every- 
thing ready," she recalls, "we had to move it 
all out of the way so that the Navy groups could 
march through." 

After graduating with a bachelor of sci- 

ence degree in civil engineering, Wright faced 
the cold reality of the postwar job market for 
women. She applied to several Providence 
firms but was told that they weren't hiring or, 
in one case, that the company would not hire 
a female engineer. She eventually found a job 
with the Department of Highways and Traffic 
in Washington, D.C., but notes that it took 
her two years to earn the official title of "engi- 
neer." Despite promotions delayed, or even 
denied, because of her gender, Wright even- 
tually became the department's head of long- 
range programming before moving to Hawaii 
with her husband in 1963. 

Now a resident of Wakefield, Rhode Island, 
Wright is active in the Kent County Brown Club 
and tries to stay in touch with her old depart- 
ment. "What they're doing now is so much more 
interesting than what we were doing fifty years 
ago," she says of today's engineering students. 
"We had no computers, no calculators. It was 
just a slide rule that kept you busy back then." 
Busy she was - making history. - Torri Still 


Arthur I. Blaustein has been appointed by 
President Clinton to the National Council 
on the Humanities, the advisory board of the 
National Endowment tor the Humanities. 
Arthur is an adjunct professor at the University 
of California at Berkeley in the Department 
ot C'ity and Regional I'laiining. where he 
teaches social policy and community develop- 
ment. He Served as chair of the President's 
National Advisory Council on Economic 
Opportunity from 1977 to 1981 and as presi- 
dent of the National Economic and Develop- 
ment Law Center from iy6<; to 1984. He :s 
the author of several books and numerous 

Bob diCurcio has written a condensation 
and reader's guide to Moby Dick aimed at assist- 
ing students and first-time readers in "tackling 
the 500-plus-page leviathan novel," he wntes 
via e-mail from Nantucket, Mass. Eighty 
chapters of his 136-page volume are available 
The guide, titled Wviiuckcl's Tricd-Oiit .Moby 
Diik. is in a revised second printing. 

Martin Kantor. New York City, writes 
that he has spent much of the past fifteen 
years writing psychiatric books. "I am about 
to publish my eighth next year, a text titled 
Homophobia, a study of gay-bashing," he 
writes. Martin can be reached at 256 W. lotli 
St., #5A, New York City 10014. 


Last sununer Irene Hart Grady visited 
Dolores LaPorte Nazareth in Cumberland. 
R.I., where Dolores held a mini-reunion. 
Also present were Margaret Going Setti- 
pane. Maureen McKenna Sparrow, and 
Ann Viens MacDonald. Irene lives in Ger- 
niantown. Md.. w here she is an elementaiy 
reading specialist tor the Montgomen' Counr\' 
public schools. 


Roger G. Bensinger, Ranclio Mirage, Calif. 
receiitK' sold lus Mexico-based communica- 

60 • NO V i;m BEU /D kc;fm iu;u lyyy 

tions company and is dividing his time between 
Chicago and Rancho Mirage. He is continu- 
ing his international interests through man- 
agement consulting, mainly m Latin America. 

Elaine Chaika '72 Ph.D., Providence, 
writes that she has been doing intensive re- 
search in schizophrenic speech dysfunction 
and brain imaging of schizophrenics. She is a 
professor of Unguistics at Providence College 
as well as a researcher with the Psychiatnc 
Research Unit at SUNY-Stonybrook and 
Oxford Umversit\', U.K. 

Hank Vandersip and his wife, Phebe, 
hosted a mini-reunion at their home on 
Commencement Sunday afternoon. In addi- 
tion to the guests of honor, the 65th and 70th 
reunion classes (1932 and 1927), members of 
the class of 1956 in attendance included Daz- 
zle Devoe Gidley, Art Love, and John 
Peterson. "All tour ot us marched down the 
Hill on a beautiful (rainless) Commencement 
morning, proudly carr\'ing the iys6 banner." 
Hank writes, "Art volunteereed his drum tal- 
ents for the new Brown Alumni Band, which 
played an engagement over the weekend and 
then inarched in unitorm on Monday! ' 

1958 Ba 

th Reunion 

Save the dates for our 40th reunion. May 22-25. 
Come back to Brown for educational offer- 
ings, cultural events, and a chance to renew 
old acquaintances and re-energize your spint. 
Watch your mail this fall for an invitation to 
celebrate, commemorate, and participate! 

A classnote in the July 1997 issue should 
have indicated that Martha Lundin For- 
diani (not Alfred L. Fordianijr.) retired as 
e.xecutive vice president/general counsel for 
Veterans Memonal Medical Center, Meriden. 
Conn. Marty is now practicing law, repre- 
senting institutional health-care providers. She 
was elected to honorary membership in the 
Connecticut Hospital Association at its annual 
meeting in June. Marty would love to hear 
from old friends at loi Hotchkiss Grove Rd., 
#12, Brantbrd, Conn. 0640s; mfordiani(g! 


Allen I. Polsby, Bethesda, Md., was named 
associate general counsel tor legislation and 
regulations of the Department of Housing and 
Urban Development last year. 

William P. Suter still lives in northwest- 
em Connecncut but is spending more time in 
New York City. He recently co-produced a 
limited run of Eugene O'Neill's Tlic Hairy 
Ape, starring Willem Dafoe. Bill serves on the 
boards of three nonprofit organizations: Tn- 
Arts, Salisbury Visiting Nur^e Associanon, and 
the Berkshire Taconic Community Founda- 
tion, for which he is treasurer. "I have also 
started a new 'career' as a newspaper columnist 
for my local paper, writing as, of all things, a 
theater critic (if you can't beat 'em, join 'em)." 

Son Steve moved to W.ishington, D.C.; 
daughter Wendy is m New York City: and 
daughter Cindy '85 is m Chicago. 


Geraldine Caruso Fryer and Hugh Fryer 
(see Jennifer Sprague '94). 


Elizabeth S. Hughes and her liusband, Tom, 
have moved to Bath, Maine, where Elizabeth 
has a new job as director of the Patten Free 
Library. Tom took early retirement from 
Argonne National Laboratory and is renovat- 
ing the old house they bought. The couple 
can be reached at 1158 Washington St.. Bath 
04530: (207) 443-1563. 

P. Andrew Penz, Dallas, has received a 
contract trom the Defense Advanced Research 
Agency to construct a computer model of an 
artificial nervous system. The multi-year con- 
tract teams Raytheon TI Systems with four 
universities: Brown, Georgia Tech, MIT, 
and the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). 
Other members of the project team with 
Brown connections are James A. Anderson, 
professor and chair of the Department of 
Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences; Lawrence 
|. CauUer of the UTD faculty, a Brown post- 
doctoral research associate from 1988 to 1991; 
and Richard M. Golden '86 Sc.M., '87 
Ph.D., •William F. Katz '85 A.M., '87 Ph.D., 
and Alice J. O'Toole 'S5 Sc.M., '88 Ph.D., 
all associate professors in UTD's School of 
Human Development. Andy can be reached 
via e-mail at penz(ai 


Gordon S. Scott is vice president of Search 
Advisors International Corp., a human- 
resources consulting and executive-search firm 
based in Tampa, Fla. Gordon has extensive 
e.xperience in executive search and manage- 
ment consulting. He had been a partner and 
vice president-international for A.T. Kearney 
and was a founder of Scott Resources Inter- 
national (Chicago and Washington, D.C.). 

1963 © 

th Reunion 

Save the dates for our 35th reunion, May 22-25. 
Come back to Brown for educational offer- 
ings, cultural events, and a chance to renew 
old acquaintances and re-energize your spirit. 
Watch your mail this fall for an invitation to 
celebrate, commemorate, and participate! 

Richard M. Bernstein, a partner in the 
I'hiladelphia law firm Hoyle, Morris & Kerr, 
published an article, " 'Daubert' Revisited: 
The Proper Standard of Review," in the May 
14 issue of Toxiii Lmw Reporter and in the May 
16 issue ot Proiliiil Snlcly and Liahilily Reporter. 

The article analyzes the standards of appellate 
review tor rulings relating to the admission 
of expert testimony in the federal courts. 

Joel Marc Cohen and his wife, Susan 
Chapm, announce the birth of Eli Tuckerman 
Cohen on November 1, 1996. Joel has been 
a professor of mathematics at the University of 
Maryland, College Park, since 1978, Eli was 
born just after Joel finished a tenia as chair o^ 
the faculty council that represents all thirteen 
campuses ot the University of Maryland system. 


Douglas K. Nelson, Catskill, N.Y., son of 
Sterling '3 i and Natalie Nelson, is a business 
management consultant at Strategic Directions, 
RD 3, 90 Rennie Road, Catskill, N.Y. 12414. 

Laurence A. Rand, New York City, a 
founding partner of the New York City-based 
corporate communications counseling t'lrm, 
Kekst and Company Inc., received the Jacob 
Javits Lifetime Achievement Award at the 
Third Annual Lou Gehrig Sports Awards ben- 
efit this fall. The award honors Lawrence's 
work on behalf of patients and families afflicted 
with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), com- 
monly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, and 
It IS named after the late senator from New 
York, who died from ALS. Active in ALS causes 

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Since the mid-sixties, Lawrence is a founding 
trustee of the ALS Association and was chair- 
man of the board from 1988 to 1993. 


Paul Hodge and his wife, Lorna, live in 
Providence, where Paul is director of investi- 
gations for the Rhode Island Attorney Gen- 
eral's Office and Lorna is a senior manager for 
Charles Schwab. An expert on elder and health- 
care fraud law enforcement and regulatory 
issues, Paul received the National Association 
of Attorneys General's 1997 Elder Initiative 
Award in June. Paul's elder- and patient-abuse 
prevention programs have become the model 
for all of the nation's offices of state attorneys 
general. Chair of the National Health Care 
Law Enforcement Alliance and the Northeast 
Healthcare Law Enforcement Association, 
Paul has prosecuted health-care fraud in the 
Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance 
systems. Recently he cowrote and pubhshed a 
national study, "Patient Abuse and Neglect: 
The Hidden Cnme," and contributed to an 
article tided "Home-Care Fraud: The Emerg- 
ing Epidemic." He wiU be the featured speaker 
at the March annual meeting of the American 
Society on Aging in San Francisco. 

Gordon and Deborah Allen Thomas 
write that their son, Allen Mansfield 
Thomas '97, graduated /ii.njiiii cum Lmdc with 
a concentration in American history. "Allen 
represents the sixth generation of Thomases 
and the twelfth member of his family to re- 
ceive a degree fi-om Brown," the couple writes. 
(A photograph in the July BAM, page 49, 
showed three of the generations.) AUen was 
elected to Phi Beta Kappa and is now studying 
m Seville. Spain, on a Fulbnght fellowship. 


After fifteen years in Miami "and experiencing 
Hurricane Andrew," Steve Dubey and his 
tanuly moved to Tallahassee in 1992. His wife, 
Martha Barrera, works for the state as a senior 
attorney with the Department of Business and 
Professional Regulation. Daughter Christina. 
17, graduated from high school last spnng and 
IS at college on a tuU scholarship; son Alex is 
in the seventh grade. "As for myself" Steve 
writes, "I am 'retired-disabled.' I have a kidney 
disease that forces me to dialyse three times a 
week while waiting for a matching kidney. 
Other than that I'm fine. Any of the old Sock 
&■ Buskers are invited to call or stop by." 
Steve can be reached at 1544 Woodgate W.iy, 
Tallahassee, Fla. 32312;; 
(850) 422-0763. 

Judith Howard Havens (\\ hose pen 
iianie is Judith H. Montgomerv') writes from 
Portland, Oreg.: "I left teaching to become a 
freelance writer and editor, speciahzing in 
electric power and environmental issues, and 
I've recently begun to publish poetr\'. I was a 
co-wiiiner of the IV9C) 49th Parallel Poetry 

Prize (Tlic BcUinglhm\ Review), had two poems 
in the spring issue of Providence College's Hie 
Ak'inbk, and will have a sonnet in this winter's 
issue of The Formalist. The last was one of 
t%velve finalists in this year's Howard Nemerov 
Sonnet Competition. Last winter I received 
an Oregon Literary Arts fellowship to com- 
plete work on a first book of poems. In 1989, 
I married Phillip Havens, a wildlife biologist 
for the Bonneville Power Administration. 
My son, Alexander Montgomery, graduated in 
1996 from the University of Chicago with 
honors in physics (the one subject I carefiiUy 
avoided at Brown), worked for a year at 
Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories, and began 
graduate school at Berkeley this fall." 

Michael TargofT (see Jason Targoflf 


Phyllis Ann KoUmer Santry, New- 
York City, was elected president of Women 
in Housing and Finance Inc. for the 1997-98 
fiscal year. 

Helen Poland Whitman. Rumford, 
R.I., writes that her granddaughter. Amy 
Mann, was married on May 2 in Manchester, 
Conn. Amy's uncle. Jim Mann, was present, 
as were her uncles (Helens sons) David 
Whittnan '70 and Stephen Whitman "72, 
who participated in the ceremony. 


Allen Browne (see Eric Kai Huang '94). 


th Reunion 

It's time tor our 30th! Let's celebrate reunion 
'98, M.iy 22-25. Planning has begun. If you 
can help or have ideas, please call the alumni 
office at (401) 863-1947. - May^mct Fmiili 

John Barry, whose wiciely acclaimed 
book Rising; Tide: 'Die Great Mississippi Flood of 
ig>7 and How It Changed America was reviewed 
in the September/October BA.M, goes back 
and forth between New Orleans and Washing- 
ton, D.C. A few years .igo he maiTied Anne 
ludgins Sullivan. 


Karen Bell. Weston, Mass., has been named 
medical director for health-care coordination by 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts. 
Previously, Karen, an instmctor at Harvard 
Medical School, practiced internal medicine at 
Massachusetts General Hospital. She also served 
as an associate medical director for Harvard 
Pilgrim Health Care and spent six years in 
private practice in western New York, where 
she was the Monroe C^ount)' health director. 

James F. Burris, Washington, D.C 
associate dean for research operations and 
professor of medicine at Georgetown Univer- 
sity Medical Center, has been named deputy 
chief research and devekipment officer tor the 

62 • N ( ) V 1: M li I; R / 15 K C U M B I l( I 997 

U.S. Department of Vecerans Affairs' Veterans 
Health Administration. He will continue as 
clinical professor of medicine and pharma- 
cologi,' at Georgetown. 

Paul H. Ellenbogen and his wife, Macki, 
of Dallas, recently celebrated their 25th anni- 
versary. "We met in the fourth grade and first 
dated in high school," Paul writes. "We were 
proud parents last May as we watched our 
son Jeff graduate. Our younger son is in his 
second year at the University ot Colorado in 
Boulder." Paul has been named chair of the 
Department ot Radiolog}' at Presbytenan Hos- 
pital o( Dallas and medical director of Imaging 

Thomas K. Lindsey is the government 
publications reference/mechanical and aero- 
space engineering reference librarian at the 
University of Texas at Arlington. He began 
studying for a bachelor of science in civil engi- 
neenng in 1990. "1 found that working with 
college students in a library was what 1 liked 
best," he writes, "and I accepted a position at 
UTA in February 1991. I am a regular Inter- 
net correspondent with http://www. physical, 
com. 1 hope to get mail from classmates or 
other alumni who remember me." Thomas 
can be reached at 1609 S. Cooper St., Apt. 122, 
Arlington, Tex. 76010-4218. 


Stephen Burgard, Irvine, Calif, recently 
published HnUowcci Ground: Rediscovering Our 
Spirinia] Roots (Insight Books). It describes how 
moderate intertaith alliances have successfully 
addressed societal problems that have stymied 
government and law enforcement officials. 
Stephen is editorial-page editor of the Orange 
County' edition of the Los Angeles Times. 

Joan Jones's home telephone number is 
(50S) 2S3-0177. An incorrect phone number 
was given in a previous issue. 


David Altshuler '71 A.M. is the founding 
director of A Living Memonal to the Holo- 
caust - Museum of Jewish History, which 
opened this past summer in New York City. 
Brown Vice Chancellor Stephen Robert '62 
is on the museum's board of directors. Previ- 
ously David was Charles E. Smith Professor 
of Judaic Studies at George Washington 

James A. Hochman and his fanuly relo- 
cated to 6013 S. Gartield Ave., Burr Ridge, 
III. 60521, and are hoping to find old fnends 
from Brown in the western suburbs of Chicago. 

1973 S 

th Reunion 

spint. Watch your mail this fall for an invitation 
to celebrate, commemorate, and participate! 

Mary Griffin, San Francisco, is a princi- 
pal at Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, 
formerly William Turnbull Associates. Mary 
is the wife of the late William Turnbull, who 
founded the fimi in 1970 and who died in 
June at age 62. 

George D. Thurston, Highland Mills, 
N.Y., testified this past year before both the 
U.S. Senate and the House ot Representatives 
regarding the health effects of air pollution, in 
connection with new air-quality standards 
recently proposed by the U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency. George's research, con- 
ducted at the New York University School of 
Medicine, was among the evidence used by 
the EPA in setting the new standards. His 
daughter, Amanda, accompanied him when he 
testified before the Senate. George's testimony 
can be found on the Internet at www. senate. 
gov/~epw/stmts.htm#2-5-97. He may be 
reached at 


Faye V. Harrison, C'olumbia, S.C., has been 
named professor of anthropology and gradu- 
ate director of women's studies at the Univer- 
sity of South CaroHna at Columbia. She co- 
chairs the Commission on the Anthropology 
of Women for the International Union of 
Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. 
Richard E. Johnson (see Amy Beth 
R. Hilton "SS M.D.). 


Save the dates for our 2Sth reunion. May 
22-25. Come back to Brown for educational 
offerings, cultural events, and a chance to 
renew old acquaintances and re-energize your 

Baer Max Ackerman, Piano, Tex., is cele- 
brating his tenth wedding anniversary this 
year. Daughter Emily is 7^2, and son Benjamin 
IS 3. Baer has a private practice in child, ado- 
lescent, and adult psychiatry. He is also an 
analytic candidate in the Dallas Psychoanalytic 

Shelly Payson-Berardoni, Berwyn, Pa., 
mamed Joseph Berardoni (St. Joseph's '73) in 
1993. Joseph was a widower with two sons, 
and they blended their families into one with 
four sons: Micah (15), Daniel (12), John (20), 
and Joe (18). SheUy works with special-needs 
preschoolers full time. Last year she and 
Joseph bought a small specialty toy store. Pun's, 
m Bryn Mawr, Pa. "With tvvo in college, I'm 
poor but never bored!" 

Milica Zarkovic Bookman, Coral 
Gables, Fla., is professor of economics at St. 
Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Her latest 
book is The Deniograpliic Slrugfle Jor Poii'er. 
Mihca's oldest daughter, Karla, is in twelfth 
grade, and Aleksandra is a fifth-grader. Hus- 
band Richard is professor of molecular and 
cellular phamiacology and associate dean of 
the medical school at the University of Mianu. 
Milica can be reached at inbookmanfa' 

Pamela Hughes-Bosch, East Falmouth, 
Mass., recendy bought a new house with her 

husband, Herman. She works with teenagers 
at Cape Cod Human Services, clomg tobacco, 
drug, and alcohol prevention and cessation. 
Herman continues his work at the Marine 
Research Institute in Falmouth. Pamela's 
mother died in July after an eight-year battle 
with cancer. "1 miss her very much, and I am 
planting a memorial garden for her at our new 
house." Pamela can be reached at hbosch@ 

Vincent Browne and his wife, Matrice, 
Silver Spnng, Md., announce the birth of a son, 
Jordan, who joins their i-year-old daughter. 
Kara. Vince recently started his own market- 
ing consulting business. Enhanced Marketing 

Patricia Brennan and her husband, Joel 
Silverberg '69, '70 M.S., '76 Ph.D., Provi- 
dence, just acquired a nineteen-foot sailboat. 
"After crewing for other skippers for many 
years," Tish wntes, "we have our own vessel." 
Their daughter, Sarah Mae Brennan Silver- 
berg, entered kindergarten at the Wheeler 
School this fall. 

Lincoln Chafee was re-elected to a third 
temi as mayor of Warwick, R.I., in 1996. 

Mary Chaffin, Portland, Oreg., is in-house 
counsel at U.S. Bancorp. She is married to 
Lance Murty, and they have two sons, Danny, 
12, and Gregory, 10. The boys have been 
studying Japanese since kindergarten in a par- 
tial-immersion language program offered by 
the Portland public schools. Mary and Lance 
have been training for Cycle Oregon X, a 
bicycle event traversing the state from Idaho 
to the Pacific. The Central and East European 
Law Initiative of the American Bar Associa- 
tion invited Mary to lecture in Moscow and 
Kaliningrad on banking law in 1995 and in 
Belarus on American re,il estate law. She can be 
reached at chatrin_marry(§; 

Joel Chamy is deputy program manager 
of the CARER.E project of the United 
Nations Development Program in Cambodia. 
He moved to Cambodia last October after 
living in the Boston area since 198 1 and work- 
ing as overseas director and policy director for 
Oxfam Amenca, a nonprofit international 
relief and development agency. He is married 
to Anne Hallwadis Chamey '79 M.A.T., 
and they have two children, Matthew. 12, 
and Claire, 9. Joel can be reached at jchamy 

Peter Chelovich, Bloomfield Hills, 
Mich., reports that his eldest son. Victor. 
entered Brown this fall as a member of the 
class of 2001. Peter and his wife, Cindy, have 
three other children: Ben. i6. Amy. 14, and 
Julie, 1 1 . All are good athletes, so Pete and 
Cindy spend their free time "in various 
bleachers throughout the state of Michigan." 

Gerald Cohen, Brookline, Mass., has 
started a new real estate company, SF Proper- 
ties Inc., in Brookline. He currently serves on 
Brown s Facilities and Design Committee, 
which meets five or six times per year. Ger- 
ald's children are 12 and 10. He can be 
reached at sfprop({l! 

John Crawford, director of micro- 


processor architecture at Intel Corp., Santa 
Clara. CaHf.. was honored last June by the 
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engi- 
neers Inc., the world's largest technical pro- 
fessional society. John received an IEEE Ernst 
Weber Engineenng Leadership Recognition 
Award for his leadership in the development 
of microprocessors for the personal computer 
industry. John was the chief architect of both 
the Intel 386 and Intel 4S6 microprocessors, 
and he co-managed development of the Pen- 
tium microprocessor. He was named an Intel 
Fellow, Intel's highest technical position, in 
iyy2. John has been awarded eight patents 
and has co-autliored a book, Piogi,iiiiiiuii}; the 

Paulo De Oliveira. Beverly Hills, Calif, 
is vice president of creative affairs at Universal 
Television Entertainment, where he super- 
vises network movies and miniseries. Among 
his projects were last year's Peter Beiichley's 
The Betist on NBC and this fall's House of 
Fraiikeiisteiit on NBC. "It's been fun so far," 
he wntes, "despite the occasional sense that 
I'm trapped in the sequel to Get Sliorty." 

Paul J. Felton, Onnda, Cahf, recently 
left the investment banking field to pursue his 
long-time interest in venture. He has Joined 
Montreux Equity Partners of San Francisco as 
a general partner. 

Cmdr. John E. Eraser. USN, graduated 
last spring from the Industnal College of the 
Anned Forces m Washington, D.C. During 
the ten-month postgraduate course. Eraser 
studied resource management and narional secu- 
rit\' and imlitar\- strategy for peace and war. 

Joe Gaspari, DaUas, has been appointed 
clinical professor of psychiatry at Southwest- 
em Medical School in DaUas. His main focus 
continues to be psychoanalysis and addiction. 
Sons Daniel, 13, and Peter, 5, are avid roUer- 
hockey and ice-hockey enthusiasts. Daughter 
Christina. 1 1 , is enjoying soccer and basket- 
ball. Joe's wife, Ann, is busy managing his 
office and "running the local t.i.\i service!" 

Earl C. Gladue, Bnstol, R.I.. w,is pro- 
moted to full professor in the Department of 
Mathematics and Computer Science at Roger 
WiUiams University' in Bristol. He can be 
reached at 

"William E. Golden, Litde Rock, Ark., 
directs the health-care qualirs' improvement 
programs tor Arkansas Medicaid and Medi- 
care. He remains division chief of general 
internal medicine at the University of Arkansas 
for Medical Sciences. He can be reached at 

Bruce Goldstein and his wife. Amy 
Maurer Goldstein '76, Providence, announce 
that their son, Evan, celebrated his bar mitz- 
vah in May. Classmates in attendence included 
Paul and Helayne Oberman Stoopack 
and Ellen Gurney. The CJoldstein's daughter, 
liana, 5, is studying violin and hopes to fol- 
low in her father's footsteps as concertniistress 
of the Brown orchestra, 

Ned Goltz, Oshkosh, Wis., is working 
for the E.xperimcntal Aircraft Association as 
director of planned gifts. "After twenty years 

111 Minnesota, it took a little time to leani 'Go 
Packers,'" Ned writes. He can be reached at or goltz@socap.coni. 

Steven Greco, a dentist in Nutley. NJ.. 
has three children: Stephen, 19, a sophomore 
at Cornell; JiUian. ifi, a junior in high school; 
and Alex, 12. Last fall Ste\-en was one of a 
very few Brown fins who watched Brown beat 
Cornell in a dnving blizzard in Ithaca. "Gary 
Lavall and I are still good friends, although 
he never returns my calls," Steven reports. 
"I miss Niall Reardon. He was a fraternity 
brother and friend." 

Deborah French Grenimann. Jeiiisalem. 
edits scholarly books at the Israel Academy 
of Sciences and Humanities. Her duties now 
include editing the Bulletin of the hiiieli Aui- 
(ietnk Center in Cairo. Deborah is starting a new 
journal of Jewish women's studies and gender 
issues, NASHIM, under the auspices of the 
Seminary of Judaic Studies in Jerusalem. Deb- 
orah's daughter, Nehama. is 15. The boys, 
Neria, Hanina, and David, are 10, 9, and 7, 
respectively. Deborah can be reached at dvorah 

Ronald P. Grelsamer is a founding 
member ot the International Patellotemoral 
Study Group, dedicated to solving difficult 
knee problems. He practices orthopedic sur- 
gery in New York City. 

Rob Guttenberg. Bethesda. Md., has a 
is-year-old son. Nicholas, from his first mar- 
riage. Rob IS engaged to be mamed to Svet- 
lana Firsova. a native of Vladimir. Russia, and 
a psychologist at the Academy of Sciences in 
Belarus. Rob is director of Parenting Educa- 
tion for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase YMCA 
Youth Services. He recently re-released a 
song, "Rich. White American University," 
that he composed in 1975 during the student 
takeover of University Hall. The song is on 
his new CD, Ulieii Love Conies Rnshint; In. 
His self-pubhshed book. The Parent as Cheer- 
leader, has been picked up by the Johnson 
Institute for publishing and nation,il distnbu- 
tion. Rob welcomes news from friends at 
P.O. Box 311, Cabin John, Md. 20818. 

Miriam Owens Heom lives in Warren, 
NJ.. with her husband. Jim, and children 
Diana, 15. and Andy, 13. She works for BE A 
Systems Inc., a software company. 

Debbie Lippman Himmelfarb, 
Tenafly, NJ., is corporate marketing director 
at Meigher Communications, which pub- 
lishes Garden Dc.jii;», Savcitr, and Quest maga- 
zines. Debbie recently moved from New- 
York City to the suburbs with her husband. 
Stuart '74. and son, Eric. 

Daniel J. Kane, Providence, has relocated 
from Philadelphia .ind is director of dentistry 
for Wood River Health Ser\-ices Inc. in Hope 
Vallev, R.I. 

Michele Kay. New York City', joined 
Grey Advertising m October 1995 and is a 
senior vice president in account management. 
She recendy bought and renovated an apart- 
ment on 78tli Street. 

Tom Knapp, Windsor, Conn., recently 
celebrated his loth wedding anniversaiy and 

finished twenty-t%vo years of teaching English 
at Loomis-Chaffee School. He looks forward 
to taking his second sabbatical soon. Tom's 
children are ages 8 and 3. He can be reached 

Gary Newell and Maureen Griffin, 
Reston, Va., announce the birth of MoUy 
Kathleen on March 19. Molly joins brother 
Michael, 4, and sister Bridget, 3. Gary prac- 
tices energy and utility law with the Wash- 
ington, D.C, firm of Spiegel & McDiarmid. 
He can be reached at newellg@ spiegel.bec 

Peter G. Piness is the public affairs offi- 
cer at the American Embassy in Conakry. 
Guinea. West Afnca. 

Joan Potterfield. Wayne. Pa., reports 
that she is "still running after all these years." 
She won a gold medal at the Penn Relays in 
April and will be running on the Lockheed 
Martin Corporate National Track Team for 
the tenth year this sunmier. She is captain of a 
local running team, the Main Line Matrons. 
Joan can be reached at jpotterf@pcmsgw. 

James L. Randall. Atlanta, writes: "Never 
let anyone tell you there is such a thing as 
the 'New South.' I am trapped in Adanta and 
yearning to return to a real city. (Do I hear 
Chicago or Boston calling?)" James is vice 
president and general manager for the insur- 
ance division of the Chicago-based Trans 
Union Corp. Last spnng he took his daughter, 
Marin, to visit seven colleges and universities 
in as many days, ending with a weekend at 
Brown. "Of course Brown is her number-one 
choice." James and Josephine's 4-year-old 
son, Juhan, "is poised for the big leap from pre- 
school and Spanish camp to full-time prepara- 
tion for Brown." James can be reached at 

Frank S. Reynolds reports that after 
twelve years in Woodland, Calif., he's served 
on ever)' board at Woodland Healthcare, 
which has merged with Mercy Health Systems 
(a division of Catholic Healthcare West). 
"The business of medicine in this highly capi- 
talized environment is challenging," he writes, 
Frank's children, Patrick and Molly, are in 
junior high school. 

Beth Shadur has moved from Miami to 
Edwards, Colo., with her husband. Bruce 
Mainzer, and their son, Jordan, 6. She contin- 
ues to work on and exhibit her artwork 

Judy Anne Shepard-Kegl and James 
Shepard-Kegl '76. Summit, NJ., have two 
children: Luisa Amanda, 10, and Marlon 
Rolando, 7. Judy is on the research faculty at 
Rutgers University's Center for Molecular 
and Beha\ Neuroscience. James is a lawyer 
ill private practice in Princeton. Together 
they conduct research and coordinate a small 
school for deaf students in Nicaragua three 
months of the year. They can be reached at 

Roy Silverstein, Scarsdale, N.Y., was 
appointed chief of hematology and medical 
oncoloiA- at Cornell Universitv Medical Col- 

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lege-New York Hospital. He has been a pro- 
fessor ot medicine at Cornell since iyy4, and 
he was president of the American Federation 
for Clinical Research in 1994-95. Roy can he 
reached at 

Tina Stark, New York Ciry, leti: her 
position as a corporate partner at Chadbourne 
& Parke to start her own business. In-House 
Legal Education Inc., providing transactional 
training programs at law firms and coi'pora- 
tions. Tina is also an adjunct professor at Ford- 
ham University School of Law, where she 
teaches courses in deal-making and -drafting. 
Tina can be reached at 

Alex Szabo is a pnncipal and founding 
partner of Horizon Associates, a management 
and financial resource firm m Stamford, 
Conn. His wife, Madeleine, is with TSl Soft- 
ware in Wilton, Conn. They live at 9 Silver 
Ridge Ln., Weston, Conn. 06883, with their 
children Alexander, 16, Tyler, 14, Amanda, 
12, and Brittany. 1 i. 

John S. Thorne. Woodland Hills, Calif, 
has been modity-mg his Cassutt air racer and 
hopes to be flying again soon. 

Jim Wallerstein, Rosemont, Pa., is a 
consultant on the development of health-care 
deliver^' systems for the international market- 
place. Working out of his home, he enjoys 
spending time with his daughter, Ale.xis, 9, 
and his wife, Cathie, who works for Philadel- 
phia's Sun Co. 

Vassie C. Ware and Bill Taylor, Flem- 
ington, NJ., celebrated their 20th wedding 
anniversary m Denmark in August. Mira 
lanine is 3, "destined to be class of 2018. She 
already talks about going to the moon, so 
Brown better have a good science program." 

Mayumi Hikata Webber, Lafayette, 
Cahf , moved from Berkeley to Lafiyette with 
her husband, Hal Webber '72, and their sons 
Peter, 12, and Adam, 7. They can be reached 



Sue Hagerman, Enfield Center, N.H., runs 
a therapeutic behavioral center for emotion- 
ally handicapped public-school students. She 
provides nonacademic learning and growth 
opportunities for the children by taking them 
on outdoor challenge activities. Sue reports 
that she recendy went to Cozumel, Mexico, 
with college roommate Alden Garrett '77. 

Philip Kanto£r"79 M.D., Boston, has 
published I'lOiUirc Cancer: A Family Coiisulta- 
lii'ii with Malcolm McConnell. Philip is the 
director of genitourinary oncology at the 
l^ana-Farber Cancer Institute and an assistant 
professor at Harwird Medical School. 

Deborah Good Miller and her husband, 
Shel MiUer V19, are enjoying their sons' 
(Josh, 15, and Darren, 10) basketball, baseball, 
and soccer games. Shel is a psychologist, and 
Deborah is a social worker. They can be 
reached at 82 Naples Rd., Brookline, Mass.. 
02146; (617) 731-6460; shelmiller@vvorldnet. 

Tom Dorsey is at Bennington College in 
Vermont. "The students and colleagues are 
stimulating," he writes. "The tmancial and 
political turmoil, however, is tiresome." He 
can be reached at 


th Reunion 

Save the dates for our 20th reunion. May 22— 
25. Come back to Brown for educational 
offerings, cultural events, and a chance to renew 
old acquaintances and re-energize your spirit. 
Watch your mail this fall for an invitation to 
celebrate, commemorate, and participate! 

Bob Goodman, San Francisco, writes: 
"After several years as a partner at a San Fran- 
cisco law firm, I have formed my own. My 
law partner and I are former trial attorneys 
with the U.S. Justice Department's Environ- 
mental Enforcement Section, and our fimi, 
Goodman, Kang L.L.P., specializes in envi- 
ronmental law and litigation. I continue to 
serve as an adjunct professor ot environmental 
law at the University of San Francisco School 
of Law." Bob can be reached at rcg@gookang. 

Karen Berlin Ishii now lives in London 
after many years in Zurich and Frankfurt. 
Sons |un and Kei attend the Japanese school, 
grades seven and two respectively, and hus- 
band Hideki is president of Kokusai Bank 
Ltd., a Japanese stock brokerage firm. "I have 
finally gotten my Web-page design business 
off the ground and am thrilled to be launch- 
ing my long-delayed career in design," Karen 
writes. She can be reached at 222 Creighton 
Ave., London N2 9BD, U.K.; 0044-181-444- 
3951;; http://www. 

Judith Wainger Johnson, Warwick, 
R.I., was promoted to director of university 
communications at Johnson and Wales Uni- 
versity. She is working on a master's in com- 
munications management at Simmons Col- 
lege in Boston. 

Saul Shapiro writes: "After two and a 
half years of commuting between New York 
and Washington, D.C., I decided to move in 
with my wife, Elena Nachmanoff. and 18- 
month-old twins, Frances and Spencer." Saul 
recently left the Federal Communications 
Commission, where he managed the rule- 
making process for broadcast digital televi- 
sion, to join ABC television in New York as 
vice president for broadcast technology. Saul 
will develop strategic broadcast technology 
initiatives and help oversee the network's tran- 
sition to digital technology'. He can be reached 
at 225 E. 70th St., #2E, New York City 
1 0021; shapirsCaiabccom. 

Laurence S. Shtasel, Philadelphia, is 
vice president of litigation at Blank, Rome, 
Comisky, & McCauley. He speciahzes in 
white-collar criminal defense and civil litiga- 
tion and is a fonner associate counsel on the 
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U.S. Attorney tor the eastern district of New- 

Marcia Zaiac Wasser, Westfield, N.|., 
recently co-created the Nanny Training Pro- 
gram, targeted at working parents who employ 
child-care providers in their homes and want 
to ensure the best care for their children. The 
progi-am consists of a video and workbook for 
the caregiver and two guidebooks and a com- 
puter planning disk for the parent/employer. 
Marcia can be reached at 21s North Ave.. 
Suite 181, Westfield, N.J. 07090; (908) 789- 
32 sS: nannyaiW'itnillc.coni. 

Jane Siege! Woodside and her husband, 
Marvin, announce the birth of Elena Alexan- 
dra. Jane has resigned her law fimi partnership 
to enjoy motherhood and to pursue a studio 
pottery business she started in 1994. She would 
love to hear from any potter moms and can 
be reached at 1950 Gough St., # 406, San 
Francisco 94109; 


Robert A. Mansfield has been elected vice 
president of the Rotaiy Club of Cambridge, 
Mass., and corporator of the Cambridge Family 
YMCA. He also serves as director and educa- 
tion committee chair of the Boston chapter of 
Chartered Property' Casualty Underwriters. 


Phil Eisenberg, Hastings on Hudson, N.Y., 
wntes: "'My twin daughters, Zoe and Rachel, 
are 2'i and the best of friends. My wife, Ellen 
Siegel, and I spent last reunion weekend at 
the house of Sally and Ted Shwartz, along 
with Rick Krainin and his wife, Lisa. Rick 
and Ted have sons about my girls' age." Phil is 
a real estate attorney at Smith Barney, and 
Ellen recently began a new job as planned- 
giving director at Save the Children in West- 
port, Conn. Phil can be reached at phil_eisen 

Susan Springsteen Jamieson is a city 
building inspector m San Jose, Calif Her son, 
William, is 8. Susan is divorced and spends 
her free weekends racing her Honda sports- 
bike. Fnends or motorcyclists in the San 
Francisco area can contact her at (408) 377- 
S87S or suzirider(a) 

Glenn Kessler, Falls Church, Va., 
announces the birth of Hugo Marcel on Feb. 
28. "His 4-year-old brother Andre has been 
quite excited by this development," Glenn 
wntes. "Shortly after Hugo's birth, I became 
the White House correspondent for \'eu>sdny. 
My wife, Cindy Rich (Wesleyan ',82). is 
senior adviser for telecommunications policy 
in the Commerce Department. It's been more 
than three years since we left New York for 
Washington, and we are still enjoying it." 
C;lenn can be reached at kessler(g; newsday. 

Eric Pooley. North Salem, N.Y., is a 
senior wnter for 'fitui- magazine after spend- 



Countering the religious right 

The 1994 "Republican Revolution" that 
claimed Democratic Texas governor Ann 
Richards as one of its casualties came as 
a bitter surprise to her daughter, Cecile, 
who had worked on her mother's reelection 
campaign. "I had heard of the Christian 
Coalition before the election," she says, "but 
I didn't realize the full impact of their work. 
[In 1994] the religious right affected every- 
thing from the smallest state legislative seat 
to congressional seats because they were 
so effective at mobilizing voters." 

In the aftermath of the election, Richards 
recalls, "people would talk about the prob- 
lems the religious right presented. But there 
was simply not much being done to provide 
an alternative." So Richards decided fight 
back. Two years ago she started the Austin- 
based Texas Freedom Network (TFN). "We 
were completely grassroots and funded 
by donations," Richards recalls. "My grand- 
mother was our first donor." 

Richards's nonprofit organization set 

out to monitor 
and counter 
the activity of 
the Texas reli- 
gious right in 
three key areas: public education, religious 
liberty, and individual freedoms. On the 
education front, TFN recently waged a suc- 
cessful six-month war against the private- 
school voucher movement. It even spawned 
a new group - the Texas Freedom Education 
Fund - specifically to engage the religious 
right in "public dialogue over public educa- 

The education fund joined TFN's other 
offshoot, the one-year-old Texas Faith Net- 
work, a consortium of religious leaders and 
laity who, as TFN press releases explain, 
"are not comfortable with the religious right's 
message or activities" but who nonetheless 
want to "promote the positive role of reli- 
gion in public life." Says Richards, "We need 
to let people know that other clergy have 
voices, that there are people other than the 
Jerry Falwells out there." - Torri Still 

ing a year in Washington, D.C., covering the 
Clinton administration as Time's senior White 
House correspondent. In June, Eric was 
awarded the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distin- 
guished Reporting on the Presidency. His 
March 1996 Time cover story about safety 
violations at the Millstone Station nuclear 
power plant 111 Watert'ord. Conn., was named 
a finalist for the National Magazine Award for 
Pubhc Service. Eric and his wife, Pamela, an 
educational-technology consultant, live with 
their two daughters in North Salem, N.Y. 
He'd love to hear from old friends at epooley 
(a well. com. 

Jeffrey R. Sachs spent a year playing 
music and practicing martial arts after gradua- 
tion, then received his Ph.D. m math at MIT, 
where he met his wife, PnsciUa Ohelsky 
(Barnard 'Si, MIT '87 Ph.D.). "We then cir- 
cumnavigated the globe," Jeffrey writes, "and 
I had postdoctoral appointments at the Uni- 
versity of Tokyo, Clarkson, Northwestern, 
and the National Institute of Standards and 
TechnoU)g^■. Once we decided to have babies, 
1 got a steady job, and when Michael was 

three months old we moved from Bethesda, 
Md., to Sunnyvale, Calif, where I run the 
western division of D,H. Wagner Associates, 
a mathematical finance, biotechnology, oper- 
ations research, signal processing, and soft- 
ware development tlnii. It's like having a pro- 
fessional sandbox tcT play in. Since moving 
west, Michael has turned 4, and Natalia joined 
us two years ago for Thanksgiving." JetT can 
be reached at jefF@ 

Naeem Zafar has moved to the heart of 
Silicon Valley and is running worldwide mar- 
keting for Quickturn Design System. He 
went to East and South Africa last year and is 
planning a South American trip this year. He 
is recruiting top talent for Brown as an area 
chair for BASC. Friends can reach him at 
(408) 86S-1839 or naeem(a quickturn. com. 


Carole Casey Harris writes: "I am sorry to 
have missed our fifteenth reunion. I gave birth 
to a beautiful baby boy, C'ameron Charles 


Arthur Hams, on June 3. Hejonis Brock Jr.. 
5, and Catherine, 2. With the hirth of my 
third child I reahzed I could no longer main- 
tain the hectic Wall Street life, and I have 
resigned my position as a vice president and 
attorney with Morgan Stanley. My husband. 
Brock, and I live in New Canaan, Conn." 

Mark Netter, San Francisco, married 
Stacy Salznian (Syracuse "82) on May 4, 
which is also his birthday. Mark has produced 
a new CD-ROM adventure game, Tlic L,isl 
Express, published by Broderbund Software. 
He can be reached at 

Doug Sovern recently finished the Cah- 
fomia AIDS ride for the second year in a row. 
He and 2,500 other cychsts rode 580 miles 
from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise 
money for people with HIV and AIDS. He 
also covered the ride both times for his em- 
ployer, KCBS Radio, reporting live from his 
bike twice a day. Last year he won two 
national awards for the coverage, including the 
1996 PubHc Service Award from the Society 
of Professional Journalists. He also won second 
place for best documentary or series at the 
National Headliners Awards in Atlantic City. 
He has seen many alums who live in the Bay 
Area and can be reached at 8343 SkyHne 
Blvd., Oakland, Calif, 9461 1. 

JiiTi and Carolyn Akaishi Stannard 
decided to leave the Aniiy last year with only 
a few regrets. They have moved to Alabama, 
where Jim is an orthopedic trauma surgeon at 
UAB. Carolyn is home educating Jennifer, 
seventh grade, Luke, fifth, James, second, and 
Michael, pre-K, while Rebecca, i, keeps 
them on their toes. They are adjusting to the 
idea of not having to move again, and they 
enjoy life on their "gentleman's farm" of fifteen 
acres. Carolyn can be reached at castannard 

1983 ig 

th Reunion 

Save the dates for our isth reunion. May 
22-25. Come back to Brown for educational 
offerings, cultural events, and a chance to renew 
old acquaintances and re-energize your spirit. 
Watch your mail this tall for an invitation to 
celebrate, commemorate, and participate! 

Keith Ablow, Boston, has pubhshed 
Denial (Pantheon Books) a murder mystery 
(see Books, page 20). A forensic psychiatrist 
and writer, Keith has worked as a reporter for 
Newsweek and as a freelance writer for the 
Baltimore Sun. He currently writes a health 
column for the \\'as\nni^lou Post Magazine and 
does medical writing for Lifetime television. 
His nonfiction book, IVillwul Mercy, was a 
true-crime study examining the murder of a 
close friend and fellow psychiatry resident in 
medical school. 

Jean-Claude Bauer can be reached at 

Eniniitt H. Carlton Jr. married Angela 
Willect.i Jackson on Aug. 10, i9yCi, in Old 
Town Ale.xaiulria, Va. They are both attorneys 
and live in Virginia. 

Robyn Martin and her husband, Bruce 
Resnick (Pnnceton 'S3), announce the birth 
of Luke Randall Martm-Resnick. He joins 
sisters Nora and Amelia. Robyn is an attorney 
with MGM and can be reached at (3 10) 449- 

Nicole Yankelovich Mordecai and her 

husband, David, live in Weston, Mass., with 
their Portuguese water dog, Chuvo, Nicole 
manages a speech-applications research pro- 
ject at Sun Microsystems, and David is work- 
ing with a nonprofit organization to help 
schools m Massachusetts get connected to the 
Internet. They can be reached at nicole. 

Debbie Osgood, Northbrook, 111., and 
her husband, Jim Komie, are pleased to 
announce the arrival of Emily Jane Komie on 
May II, 1996. 

David Shorr and his wife, Susan Bender, 
announce the birth of Sadie Elizabeth Bender 
Shorr on May 30. "I'll never again wonder 
why it takes alums so long to announce the 
births of their children," David writes. He works 
in Washington for Refugees International, a 
private group that presses for effective response 
to humanitarian crises. He can be reached at 

Mike Tekulsky, San Francisco, is vice 
president of account sen'ices at Western Inter- 
national Media/SF and recently completed 
his M.B.A. at San Francisco State University. 
Mike can be reached at 35 Noe St., #5, San 
Francisco 941 14; (415) 863-1245, 

Jack Valinote, Chicago, is a real estate 
developer building moderate-income housing 
on the South and West Sides of Chicago. He 
recently completed four years of public ser- 
vice with the Chicago Board of Education. 
Jack and his wife, Diane, were anticipating 
the arrival of their first child, a girl, in Octo- 
ber. Jack can be reached at 11 39 W. Roscoe, 
Chicago 60657; or jfvahnote@msn.coni. 


They're Out to Get Me: Cameron Tuttle 

'84 was featured in the New York Times 
Magazine's "Questions For" column on 
July 13. Tuttle, the author of the newly 
released Paranoid's Pocket Guide, told the 
Times that paranoia is healthy: It's "proof 
that one is aware." 


Peter Benjamin and his wife, Linda, 
announce the arrival of Hannah Lee on June 
2. Hannah joins brother Connor, 5, and sister 
Courtney, 3. They can be reached at 19 Sug- 
arbush Ln., Andover, Mass. loSio. 

Matt and Susan Clark Evett are living 
in lioci K.itoii, Fl.i., with their children, Paul 

Douglas, 2, and Clare Josephine, i. Matt has 
been a professor of computer science at 
Florida Atlantic University since 1993. Sue 
has taken time off from her career as a techni- 
cal wnter to be a full-time mom. They wel- 
come news from old friends at matt@cse.fau. 
edu and 

Carole Fenimore married Michael 
Hanson (University of South Alabama '82) on 
April 4. Carole teaches eighth-grade mathe- 
matics and was awarded a GTE Growth Ini- 
tiatives for Teachers grant to pilot a math, 
science, and technology course on solar energy. 
She moved to Houston after earning a mas- 
ter's in teaching mathematics from Colgate 
University in 1995. The couple can be reached 
at 2010 Bnmberg St., Houston 77018. 

An art exhibition by jecca, "Keeping It 
Green," a salute to conservationists from the 
Brookline Green Space Alliance, the Newton 
Conservators, and Friends of Hammond 
Pond, was on display at the Mall at Chestnut 
Hill, Brookline, Mass., this past summer. 


Stephanie Brotnmer and Brett Pauly (Uni- 
versity of Nevada at Reno "87), who were 
marned in San Francisco on Sept. 10, 1994, 
announce the birth of Cameron James Pauly 
on June 3. The family lives in Ventura, Cahf 
After ten years in newspaper reporting, 
Stephanie is now a doctoral candidate in 
sociocultural anthropology at UC-Santa Bar- 
bara. Brett is outdoors editor at the Los Ange- 
les Daily News. 

Fomier attorney David Dreyfus is writ- 
ing the book and lyrics tor A I 'isii front ihe 
Foothinder, one of four new plays chosen last 
June by the Lincoln Center Theater Directors 
Lab for a workshop production. David and 
his collaborator are busy with legal rights and 
rewrites and are working toward a full pro- 
duction soon. "The cast included Ann Harada 
as a fabulous bound-footed prostitute, " David 
writes. Friends can reach him at 2 Tudor City 
PL, #2-0-S, New York City 10017; (212) 

John Gagliano and his wite, Cindy (Vir- 
ginia '87), are pleased to announce the birth 
of their first child, Katie, on M.iy 24. John is a 
partner with Cohen, Gettings, Dunham & 
Davis, P.C, in Arlington, Va. They can be 
reached at 3307 Carolina PL, Alexandria 22305; 

Atny Linenthal Halliday and her hus- 
band, Paul Halhday, Niskayuna, N,Y., 
announce the birth of twin boys on June 23. 
"Wilham and George are big and healthy," 
Amy writes. "Their big brother is Arthur, 3." 
Paul is an assistant professor of histoid at 
Union College in Schenectady. 

Daphne Moore and her husband, Doug 
Butler, San Francisco, welcomed Liana Kath- 
leen Moore-Butler on June 14. "She joins 
lordan, 2." Daphne writes. "Although we're 
battling exhaustion, life feels even richer witli 
two children than it did with one. During the 


N o V l: M V, 1; i( / 1) !■; <; l m h 1; v. 1 997 

1 996-97 academic year I taught civil proce- 
dure to first-year students at UC-Berkeley's 
l.uv school. I'm staying home this year and 
hope to return to the academic world again in 

Kevin Pickhardt and his wife, Sarah 
(Colgate '85), Rochester. N.Y.. welcomed 
their second daughter, Katherine Grace, on 
July 24. She joins Claire Elizabeth, who turned 
2 in March. Kevin is a general manager at 
Xerox Corp., and Sarah is a high school 
teacher. They can be reached at kpickhar@ 

Luiz Ramirez and Kini Thompson 

'88 M.D. announce the birth of their son, L. 
Sebastian Ramirez, on Dec. 12. 1996. They 
hve in Miami, where Luiz is an anesthesiolo- 
gist at Mercy Hospital and Kim has a busy 
practice in reproductive endocrinology and 
infertility. They can be reached at 335 Pacific 
Rd., Key Biscayne, Fla. 33149; (305) 361-5862. 

Ann Rogula's artwork was featured in 
"Scene in Chicago" last summer. The annual 
exhibinon of locil art ran at the Judy A. Saslow 

Larry Rosenbaum has an internal medi- 
cine practice m Santa Cruz, Calif He hves in 
nearby Aptos with his wife. Amy Grumet 
Rosenbaum (UC-Davis '88), their son, Zachary 
Isaac, bom July 2, 1996, and their golden 
retriever. Peeve. They would love to hear 
from classmates at 7062 Mesa Dr., Aptos 95003; 

Tom Silva and his wife. Catherine, hve 
m Nahant, Mass.. with their children Patr\-. s, 
Tony, 3. and Joe, i. They welcome friends 
tor an afternoon of lobster and steamers 
served hot on the deck. 

Ian D. Watson has moved to London to 
speciahze in transnational estate and trust 
planning with Bry-an Cave L.L.P. Previously 
he spent five years at White and Chase, New 
York Ciry. Ian can be reached at 36 Argyll 
Mansions, 303, Kings Rd.. London SW3 5EP; 
(0171) 823-3385; 


Miige Erkan inamedjohn KautTman (Pnnce- 
ton '86) on May 24 in Boston. Bridesmaids 
included Laura Kelleher Neal. Chantal 
Deckey Simon, .iiid Lizzie Zaidastani 
Napier. Miige recently joined a pulmonary 
cntical care group m Boston, where her hus- 
band is a gastroenterology fellow. She can be 
reached at 

Diane Moss and her husband Obi 
Imegwu '88 announce the birth ot Evan on 
Nov. 9, 1996. Diane is a corporate attorney in 
New York City and Obi is completing his 
general-surgePv' residency. 

Sarah T. Johnson married Matthew 
Fernberger (Syracuse '91) onjune 22 in Mar- 
blehead. Mass. Sarah is managing editor for 
Inc. Business Resources, a newsletter and book 
division of Ilk. magazine in Boston. 

Eileen McCuIIy moved to the western 
suburbs of Chicago with her husband, Enc 


Diana's Guide 

A land-mine victim tielps 
fellow suvivors 

During the last month of her life, the late 
Princess Diana embraced a highly visible 
and controversial international campaign to 
ban land mines. Her interest was piqued in 
early August, when Jerry White led her on a 
three-day series of home visits to mine vic- 
tims in Bosnia - a tour sponsored by his 
nonprofit organization, the Landmine Sur- 
vivors Network (LSN). Mere weeks later, 
White found himself on the guest list for 
Diana's funeral. "Every time a wheelchair 
passed me," he told People magazine after 
the somber ceremony, "my heart went out 
to them, knowing that Diana had touched 
that person." 

White's association with the princess 
was brief, but intense. He first met Diana at 
a seminar in June. By July, she had volun- 
teered to accompany LSN cofounders White 
and Ken Rutherford on the Bosnia trip. 
White was surprised that Diana selected his 
fledgling organization to host her potentially 
dangerous trip into the heart of Bosnia. But 
Diana clearly felt a connection with LSN - 
possibly because it is the only international 
organization created by land mine survivors 
tor land mine survivors. Though there are 
several groups working to ban the mines, 
LSN is the only one to focus on the rehabili- 
tation of victims. 

White himself lost a leg in 1984 when, 
as an undergraduate studying in the Middle 
East for a semester, he stepped on a land 

Jerry White in Mozambique with two 
land-mine survivors, Naita (left) and 

mine while hiking in northern Israel. He 
calls himself "one of the luckiest mine vic- 
tims in the world." As an American, he 
explains, he received high-quality medical 
care unavailable to most of the hundreds of 
thousands of land-mine survivors in war- 
torn countries around the world. 

Not only do mine victims from Bosnia, 
Cambodia, Angola, and other nations tend 
to receive poor medical care. White says, 
they also may not have access to prostheses 
and vocational training. With that in mind, 
White and Rutherford founded the Washing- 
ton, D.C.-based LSN in 1995 to link 
resources and victims. On a recent trip to 
Cambodia, they helped set up a system for 
delivering wheelchairs to remote areas. 

Diana, whose Bosnia visit White 
describes as "a priceless gift to survivors," is 
gone, but LSN's work continues, bolstered 
by recent publicity. "Many people heard of 
our organization only because of Diana's 
involvement," White says. "She single-hand- 
edly transformed land mines from a security 
issue into a humanitarian issue." - Torri Still 

Hsi (Kalamazoo College '85, Michigan '89 
M.D.), last September. She received her 
Ph.D. in clinical psycholog^■ from Kent State, 
and on Jan. 7 she gave birth to their first 
child, Evan Alexander Hsi. Friends can reach 
them at 530 Spruce Ln., Lisle. 111. 60532; 

Rosemary Boghosian Miner '89 Ml), 
and her husband, Thomas '91 M.D.. 
announce the birth of Grace Elizabeth Miner 
on July 4. Grace joins big brothers Daniel. 3'.-, 

and Andrew. 2. In June, Tom, who is a 
tburth-year general surgery resident at Walter 
Reed Hospital, was promoted to major m the 
U.S. Army. 

Judi Hayden Swirbalus and Joe Swir- 
balus '88 announce the arrival of Nicole 
Anne on April 10. The family has moved trom 
New York City to Needham, Mass., due 
to Joe's transfer to Salomon Brothers' Boston 
office, where he is an institutional salesman. 
Judi was planning to return to the financial 


world this fall. They cmi be reached at (617) 


Andra Bowman married John Ehrenkranz 

111 June in the Berkshires of Lenox, Mass. 
Many alumni attended the ceremony. Andra 
and John now live m Manhattan, where she is 
vice president of strategic planning and busi- 
ness development at Ann Taylor, and he is a 
vice president at Morgan Stanley Capital 
Partners. They can be reached at 200 E. S2nd 
St., #2iD, New York City 10028. 

Karl Jacoby and Marie Lee "86 were 
marned in June after a "whirlwind eleven- 
year courtship." Several alunuii attended the 
ceremony. Karl received his Ph.D. m Ameri- 
can history' this spnng from Yale, where 
Mane was a visiting lecturer in the Amencan 
studies department. Karl is now an assistant 
professor at Oberlin College, while Marie is 
off to Korea for a year on a Fulbnght research 
fellowship. They can be reached at karl jacoby and 

Peter D. Rittmaster and Gillian (Mich- 
igan '87), Scarsdale, N.Y., announce the birth 
of their first child, Davis Robert, on May 23. 
"You could say that's the reason we were 
unable to make the loth reunion. Looking 
forward to the 15th." They can be reached at 

Tom Ullman wntes: "Sad to note that 
I have lost touch with many of you. I'm living 
in Westport, Conn., completing a fellowship 
in gastroenterology at Yale. My wite, Nona, 
commutes to New York City, where she 
works as an education consultant at KPMG 
Peat Marwick." Tom can be reached at 71 
Strathmore Ln.. Westport 06S80. 

1988 ©th 


Save the dates for our loth reunion. May 
22-25. Come back to Brown for educational 
otfenngs, cultural events, and a chance to renew 
old acquaintances and re-energize your spint. 
Watch your mail this fall for an invitation to 
celebrate, conmiemorate, and participate! 

Bill Benjamin, Santa Monica, Calif, 
recently joined Universal Studios as director 
of cinema marketing. He inter\'iews future 
Brown students from the Harvard-Westlake 
School. "Whenever I get a chance, 1 stop by 
the monthly young alum get-togethers at 
Father's Office in Santa Monica," he wntes. 
"It's the longest-mnnmg Brown gig in town." 

Robert Fryer (see Jennifer Sprague '94). 

Allison Kelsey graduated from Penn 
with a master's in historic preservation in May. 
She is now special-projects administrator at 
the Preser\Mtion Alhance for Greater Phila- 
delphia. She can be reached at (215) r)65-879y 

Ken Mayer received his Ph.D. at the 
University ot Texas and is now a visiting 
.issistant professor in classics at the Unncrsity 

of Iowa. Fnends passing through Iowa City 
can reach him at (319) 339-4227 or kenmayer 

Chris Perry, Belmont, Calif, writes: 
"StiU fithoming the creative, stabihzing, and 
destructive life-forces, these days by doing 
imagery and medical hypnotherapy with radi- 
ation/chemo patients at a San Francisco hos- 
pital's complimentary medicine program. My 
dissertation involves treating the trauma ot 
cancer. If you're flying over San Francisco, 
look for our Ndebele fence." 

Gordon M. Sayre has published Les 
SiiKViigfs Auicriuiim: Rfpivsenttilioiis of Nnlivc 
Americans in French and English Colonial Litera- 
ture (University of North Carolina Press). 
Gordon is an assistant professor of English at 
the Universirv' of Oregon. 


Clark W. Aldrich, Madison, Conn., wntes: 
"I so seldom see people 1 know, my wife asks 
me, 'Are you sure you really went to Brown?' 
I was on an airplane a few months ago and 
ran into someone who had worked for Jona- 
than Levine on his newspaper. I may have 
made up all sorts of scandalous stories to tell 
her. It I did any pemianent damage to your 
reputation, Jonathan, sorry. On the other 
hand, if I helped it, I want full credit. Finally, 
if there is a BTV reunion on this coast, I 
would love to come - as long as it doesn't 
involve hauling equipment up flights of stairs." 
Clark can be reached at clark.aldrich@ 

Peter Bridge married Donna Rupolo 
(Ohio State '95 M.D.) on May 17. J. Barclay 
Collins III was a groomsman. Peter is com- 
pleting a residency in plastic and reconstructive 
surgery at Ohio State, and Donna is training 
in general surgery at Rivenide Methodist 
Hospitals. They can be reached at 644S River- 
stone Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43228; pbridge@ 

Brad Frishberg and his wife. Amy, have 
moved to Tokyo after living in London for 
ahiiost two years. Brad will continue to nin 
Japanese equity investments for J. P. Morgan 
Investment Management. He can be reached 

Sarah Fox has finished her residency 111 
obstetncs and gynecolog\- and moved to Lon- 
don for fellowship training. Friends can reach 
her at Flat 4, 56 Onslow Gardens, London, 
U.K., SW7 3QA; 

Sue Gander married Todd Dorrien 
(Dartmouth '89) on July 5 in Salt Lake City. 
Many alumni attended the ceremony. "We're 
settling into married hfe in Washington, 
D.C.," Sue writes. "I'm working at the Cen- 
ter for Clean Air Policy while Todd minds 
the house." Sue can be reached at 417 Con- 
stitution Ave., Washington, D.C. 20002: 

Elizabeth Le married Sean O'Neill on 
June 21 ill McLean, Va. Liz finished an inter- 
nal-medicine residencv at Yale-New Haven 

Hospital and is now in her first year of a cardi- 
ology fellowship at the University of Virginia. 
She can be reached at 944 Devon Spring Ct., 
Charlottesville, Va. 22903; (804) 984-2532; 

Fergal Mullen moved to Geneva in |an- 
uai-y to lead the integration and tum-around 
of a company he acquired on behalf of Cam- 
bridge Technology Partners in October 1996. 
"I met my wife, Jane Kent, at Harvard Busi- 
ness School, and we marned last August in 
Ireland. Daniel Azcona was my best man. 
Jane and I expect to be in Switzerland for 
two or three years." Fergal can be reached at 
1 5 Chemin de la Bergerie, Cartigny, Geneva 
1236, Switzerland; 41-22-756-0033; £iiiuU@ 

Carolyn Ou and Barnaby Wauters 
(Cooper Union '92) are moving from New 
York City to Bloomington. Ind.. where Car- 
olyn will be pursuing her M.B.A at Indiana 
University. "We'll finally have a guest room," 
Carolyn writes, "and even a swimming pool 
for anyone who wants to come to beautiful 
Bloomington." She can be reached at cclou 

Craig Pohlman received his doctorate 
m school psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill 
in August. He started a postcfoc fellowship at 
the Center for Development and Learning 
at UNC-Chapel Hill in September. He can 
be reached at 2445 Wayfarer Ct., Chapel Hill 
275 14; pohlnianc@! 

Caroline Rodger has been teaching 
English as a Second Language in the Wash- 
ington, D.C, area for the past five years. She 
would like to hear from fnends at 4705 N. 
20th Rd., #7, Arlington, Va., 22207; (703) 

Gavriel Rosenfeld and Erika Banks 
announce the birth of their first child, Julia 
Hava Rosenfeld, on April iS in Los Angeles. 
They can be reached at 2038 Morgan Hill 
Dr., Los Angeles 90068; 


A Few Good Fellows: Hundreds applied, 
but President Clinton appointed only fifteen 
White House Fellows this year, and Jamie 
F. Metzl '90 was one of them. Metzl, the 
author of a book on Western human-rights 
responses to the Khmer Rouge killings 
and the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia, 
will spend this year working with a senior 
White House staff member. 


Scott Draves finished his computer science 
Ph.D. at C.irnegie Mellon University and 
]oined Transmeta Cxirp. in Santa C'lara, C'alif 

70 ♦ N O V l; M B K K / D E C U M B li R I 9 9 7 

He can be reached at http://www.cs.cmu. 

Adam Komisarof married Kimi Fuji- 
moto on June 2y m Newport, R.I. Adam 
teaches Enghsh at Mount Ida College in New- 
ton. Mass. He hopes any lost pals in Boston 
will contact him at 65 Langdon St., #8, Cam- 
bridge, Mass. 02138; (617) 491-7107. 

William A. Tyndall. Lancaster, Pa., 
received his M.D. and a Ph.D. in biochemistry 
in May from Jeft'erson Medical College at 
Thomas Jefterson University in Philadelphia. 
He graduated with high honors in his inter- 
nal-medicine clerkship and received the Gib- 
bon Scholarship to medical and graduate 

Wendy Dohm White and her husband, 
Rob, announce the birth of their first child, 
Ryan Christopher, on May 22. They live m 
Ipswich, Mass., where they bought their first 
home last year. 

A LoTTA Nerve: In an article entitled 
"Smart Smut," Newsweek recently high- 
lighted the work of Rufus Criscom '91, a 
co-founder of Nerve, a new on-line maga- 
zine about sex. Newsweek deemed the 
magazine a "bold experiment" and cited an 
"impressive" list of contributors, including 
former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders 
and author Norman Mailer. 


Reuben Beiser married Tehila Ahituv on 
March 26 111 Jeinasalem. Numerous alumni and 
staff were at the wedding, including the groom's 
father, Edward Beiser, associate dean of the 
Brown Medical School. Reuben and Tahila can 
be reached at iy/2 Mitzpeh, Nahlaot, Jeru- 
salem, 94525 Israel; 

Ted Hamann and his wife, Susan Bock- 
rath. Adanta. announce the birth of their first 
child. Megan Rebecca Bockrath Hamann, on 
July 21. They can be reached at 11 82 Franklin 
Cir. NE, Adanta 30324; hamann@ .dolphin. 

Sharon Loferski married William Engler 
on Aug. 17. I99f), in Sharon's childhood 
church in Providence. "Sunflowers, wild- 
flowers, and dancing people filled the hall." 
Sharon writes. "We met m Seattle, where I was 
teaching fifth grade at an alternative public 
school." Sharon recendy received her master's 
in education, speciaHzing in psychology, from 
Penn. She hopes to work in the Providence 
school system as a counselor, teacher, or pnn- 
cipal starting next fall. Bill will finish his mas- 
ter's in the fall and plans to work as a man- 
agement consultant. They can be reached at 
3514 Lancaster Ave.. #407, Philadelphia 19104; 


D.J. Paul lives in New York City with 
Todd Lippiatt. He produced The Pompalus 
of Loir, a romantic comedy stamngjon Cryer, 
Knstin Scott Thomas. Mia Sara, and Adrian 
Pasdar. He also worked as an executive pro- 
ducer on Franchesca Page, a musical comedy that 
premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festi- 
val, and on Jonathan Nossiter's Siinday, which 
won the Grand Jury Prize and the Waldo S.ilt 
Screenwriting Award at Sundance. D J.'s pro- 
duction company. Ocelot Films, is develop- 
ing a number of feature projects, including 
Di'spi'itilc Chamacrs, based on the novella by 
Nicholas Chnstopher and Cement. He can be 
reached at 

John Sabra '95 M.D. and Ximena Paez 
'95 M.I5. were recently marned in Maiyland. 
They are now back in Dallas as residents in 
general surgery and ophthalmology at Park- 
land Memonal Hospital. They can be reached 
at 394S Buena Vista Dr., #102, Dallas 75204; 

Brian Walch and his wife. Myma Eliza- 
beth Rojas Gallardo. announce the birth of 
their first child, Ana-Gabriela, on July 15. 
Brian is a foreign service officer at the Depart- 
ment of State. 


Christal Archibald is a divorce attorney in 
Atlanta. She is balancing her career and her 
interest in the arts, and she can be reached at 
Warner, Mayoue & Bates, P.C., 100 GaUeria 
Pkwy., Suite 1300, Adanta 30339; (770) ysi- 

David J. Brown graduated from Har- 
vard Medical School m June and is doing his 
residency in otolaryngology and head and 
neck surgery at the University of Michigan in 
Ann Arbor. Fnends can contact him at 2328 
Leshe Cir., Ann Arbor 48105; (313) 327-9413. 

Loretta Lock married Larry Keese in 
Houston on July 26. Lys Bidwell was maid 
of honor, and Amy Cluley Cafaro and Van 
Jones '93 (who sent this note) were in the 
wedding party. Lys teaches at a private school 
in Columbia, Md. "The wedding was also 
attended by Catalina Sema "94," Van writes. 
"She recently completed the bar exam and 
works in the D.A.'s office in Houston. Loretta 
and Larry live in Austin, Tex., where Loretta 
can be reached at" Van 
lives in Charlotte, N.C., and works at First 
Union Capital Markets Group. He would love 
to hear from fnends at van.jones@capmark. 

Oliver Koehler has completed four and 
a half years as an officer in the U.S. Army, 
serving two tours in Germany. He plans to 
pursue a master's program in business admin- 
istration and international studies at the Uni- 
versity of Washington. While he looks for- 
ward to catching up with fellow alumni 111 the 
States. Oliver will miss being close to Monica 
Munthe-Kaas in Oslo and Yogita Upadja 
Mumssen in London. He can be contacted at 

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Pnnie Charter Ltd.. an investment bank, after 
three years of high school teaching, two chil- 
dren, and a divorce. Friends can reach him 
at 810 7th Ave., New York City 10019; (212) 
977-0600: (Soo) 347-47S2. He would like to 
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John von Kaufinann has accepted a 
position with the Canadian Department of 
Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He 
received his law degree in 199 s from the Uni- 
versity of Toronto, after completing an ex- 
change at the lav^' school of TUmversite Jean 
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1993 o 

th Reunion 

Save the dates for our sth reunion. May 22-25. 
Come back to Brown for educational offer- 
ings, cultural events, and a chance to renew 
old acquaintances and re-energize your spirit. 
Watch your mail this fall for an invitation to 
celebrate, commemorate, and participate! 

Manoj T. Abraham, New York City, 
has gi'aduated from Cornell Medical College 
and started a residency in otorhinolaryngol- 
ogy surgery at Cornell. He can be reached at 

Esra Ansay, New York Cir^-, is at NYU's 
Stern School of Business to receive her 
M.B.A. in finance and marketing with a co- 
major in international business. She worked 
for two years as an associate buyer at Bloom- 
ingdale's. and she is planning to return to 
Estee Lauder, where she worked in interna- 
tional marketing. She lives in Manhattan but 
spends time in Florence and Istanbul. 

Ross Berkeley, Pittsburgh, is an emer- 
gency-medicine resident at the Universiry of 
Pittsburgh Medical Center. He can be reached 
at emergdoc(a' 

Jen Chapin has been wnting music and 
pertorming with her band around the New 
York City area. She recorded a three-song 
CD, available through Purple Chair Music. 

Brickson Diamond, after four years of 
moving all over the country with the Capital 
Group Co., is leaving the world of invest- 
ment management to attend Hai-vard Business 
School. He looks fonvard to another two 
years 111 New England and would love to hear 
from fnends in the Boston area. He can be 
reached at 

Lisa Harris married Eran Ehtzur on 
March 29. Many alumni attended the cere- 
mony. Lisa now lives in Los Angeles. 

Diana Finkel writes: "I finally got a 
job working with adjudicated youth in north- 
ern Minnesota. I lead backpacking, climbing. 



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canoeing, and ski-trekking trips. The best part 
IS my schedule - I work three weeks, then 
have three weeks off. I've been cHnibing dur- 
ing my vacations (in the Canadian Rockies, 
the Cascades, and the Tetons), biking m the 
Southwest, and paddHng rivers in northern 
Ontano. I have spent most nights since grad- 
uation in a tent." Diana can be reached at 
HCR 3, Bo.x W-io, Togo, Minn. 5578S. 

Jeffrey Foti. New York City, is attend- 
ing SUNY Health Service Center at Brooklyn 
as a fourth-year medical student. He is apply- 
ing for a pediatric residency. 

Holly Green is an associate producer for 
Gooti Moriiiii}i, America in New York City. 
She had been in Denver for two months to 
cover the Tim McVeigh trial. 

Trond E. Grenager writes: "After six 
months 111 Providence making music with 
Ana Porter 'ys and working in the computer 
science department, I drove to San Francisco 
and am now an analyst with Arthur D. Miller, 
enjoying the California sunshine." He can be 
reached at grenager.trond(a':adlittle.coin. 

Since graduation, Lisbet Kugler, Thoiry, 
France, has worked as a wikihfe biologist in 
Minnesota, trained dolphins in Hawaii, worked 
as a research analyst for a strategic planning 
consulting firm in Switzerland, and traveled 
to Alaska, Pakistan, and around Europe. 

Christina Kulukundis, New York City, 
has started a homewares-design business called 
KULULOVE. "The first line of small furni- 
ture pieces, accessories, and soft furnishings 
will be ready for spring lyyS," she wntes. 
"I'm still addicted to singing and am writing 
and recording as much as possible. I'm plan- 
ning to record more seriously in London next 
year." Christina would love to hear from 
friends at kululove( 

Matt Leighton mamed Nuna Garcia 
Tey on Aug. jO and is working for Athletes 
in Action, a Chnstian athletic ministn- m 
Spain. Matt played American football in Bar- 
celona for a year and a half until he was forced 
into retirement due to injury. 

Miles Libbey, Ann Arbor, Mich., has 
spent the last several years with a small con- 
sulting fimi and working on his volleyball 
game. He plans to take a two-year sabbatical 
to pursue his M.B.A at the University o( 

James Lin 'yy M.D., Cambridge, Mass., 
is a pediatric resident at Massachusetts General 
Hospital. He can be reached 

Judith C. Lin, New York City, recently 
graduated from New York University School 
of Medicine and is starting a general surgery 
residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. 
She can be reached at judith.lin@idoc.m, 

Kathryn Lin '97 M.D., Houston, re- 
cently began a medicine-pediatrics residency 
at Baylor College of Medicine. 

Ann Loh and her husband, Ivor, are the 
proud parents of a baby girl, Alexandra. Ivor 
passed his surgical exams and is training to be 
a reconstructive surgeon. Ann is splitting her 
time between pubhc-relations consulting and 
taking care of Alexandra. They enjoy lite m 

Singapore and would love to hear from 
friends at ivorann@singnet.coni. 

Stephen Love has been in Washington. 
D.C., for three years. He started with a fund- 
raising agency for nonprohts before joining a 
start-up Web development company. "I was 
the titth employee a year ami a halt ago," he 
writes. "Now I manage that many." His 
company has developed sites for the World 
Wildlife Fund, the Nature Conservancy, and 
Common Cause, among others. Stephen can 
be reached at 

Trey Martinez, Brownsville. Tex., got 
together with Zac Zuniga. Lester Delgado, 
Pablo Alder, and Chris Brown 94 for 
Augusto Ruiz's bachelor parrs- on South 
Padre Island, Tex., on June ly. Trey married 
Marcia Martinez and attended the University 
ot Texas Law School, where he was elected 
president of his class. He is a law clerk for 
Judge Reynaldo G. Garcia of the fifth circuit 
court of appeals and will be starting a job as a 
federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's 

Justin Massey, Dana Point, Calif, is a 
sixth-grade language arts teacher at Lathrop 
Intermediate School in Santa Ana. 

Scott Nader writes: "After four years of 
the Airborne Ranger thing, I have finally 
decided to turn in my Army 'tree suit' for the 
relaxed and carefree life of a law student. 
Classes began at Baylor Law in August, and 
1 spent the summer reacquamting myself with 
my better halt, Diana, and iniprc5ving my golt 
game." Scott would love to hear from friends, 
especially law students or anyone with an 
interest in military service. He can be reached 
at 601 N. Twin Oaks Dr., #1 122, Temple, 
Tex. 76504; 

Sindy Pang is doing her residency in 
dermatology at the University of Texas- 
Houston. She lives with Kathy Lin, and they 
welcome alumni at 7777 Greenbriar Dr., 
#2044, Houston 77030. 

Robin Peterson marned Bradford 
Gibbs in August iyy6. Brad will graduate 
tVom Wharton next May, and Robin was at 
Mernll Lynch for four years. She wUl begin 
Columbia Business School in January, and is 
working for Goldman Sachs until then. 

Geoff Rayner has spent two years in 
London, "working too much, but getting a 
chance to see Europe and the Middle East." 
he writes. "Rebecca Ip and Bert Hancock 
are both at school in London. Still keeping in 
touch with aU the boys from Barnes Street." 
Geoff" welcomes visitors; call 44-i7i-387-966y, 
home; 44-171-888-2648, work. 

Jamie Slade and her husband, Guy 
Mathey, Eloy, Ariz., live in their new home a 
few minutes away from the high school v\'here 
Jamie teaches freshman English. She finished 
her first year at Arizona State Universit\''s 
evening M.B.A. program. She can be reached 
at (520) 466-7534. 

Chris Starr, New York Cir^', will gradu- 
ate from Cornell Medical School in iyy8 and 
plans to pursue a residency in ophthainology. 
He can be reached at cstarr@)ix. 

Meredith Saillant, Dearborn, Mich., is 
in her second year ot medical school at Wayne 
State University in Detroit. She is engaged 
to Graeme Grant, who is 111 his final year at 
Harvard Business School, and they plan to 
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Lord, Becky Russell, and Jamie Shulman 

will be in their wedding party. Meredith and 
Graeme recently played a round ot golt with 
Aaron Schneider, who is getting his Ph.D. 
in political science at UOBerkeley. 

Jason Targoffand Marcella Anderson 
'96 M.A.T. were maiTied on June 28 at the 
Providence Friends Meeting House in a cere- 
mony that featured a beautiful handbell choir. 
Jason's father, Michael '66, and brother Josh 
'91, as well as Josh's fiancee Kim Leibowitz 
'92, were in the ceremony. "Despite getting 
stuck in the mud somewhere in the swamps 
of New Jersey on my way to the wedding," 
wntes Russell Curley. who sent this note, 
"1 was able to make it to Providence, where I 
was joined by many Brown alumni for the 
wedding." This fall Jason and MarceUa are 
moving to Bayonne, NJ. 

Cameron Walser, Venice, CaHf , is 
starting a computer-graphic design and ani- 
mation company. "I love Southern California 
with its camping, rock climbing, surfing, and 
paragliding," Cameron writes. He can be 
reached at 

Karen Lee Wright moved from Chicago 
to San Francisco with her husband last sum- 
mer. She teaches second grade at Marin 
Country Day School and can be reached at 


Keep us in touch with what's going on - sub- 
mit news to the BAM. We urge you to con- 
tact reunion headquarters with questions 
about class activities at (401) 863-1947, or call 
Victoria Chiou at (617) SS6-4759. We look 
forward to seeing all classmates at future 
events. - Evnii \i'cni1cr. class sccrcliiry: I 'ictoriii 
Cliioii ami 7.a( n')'(/(ii, ccpresidcnls 

Laura Abrahams lives mjerasalem, where 
she is working on a legislative-development 
project with the Palestinian Legislative Coun- 
cil for the National Democratic Institute for 
International Affairs. She can be reached at 

Shira Epstein spent the year after gradu- 
ation m Israel, working as a counselor for a 
post-high school progiam for Americans. She 
then moved to New York City and received 
her master's in educational theater at NYU. 
"My studies allowed me to travel to England, 
Ireland, and Austraha and to leani about the 
role of the arts in education," she writes. "Last 
summer I worked with third to fifth grades in 
Washington Heights, creating an original 
production about safety. This will be my sec- 
ond year working as a drama-in-education 
specialist at a Jewish day school." Shira can be 
reached at (212) <,} 1-1804 or shirucker@ 

Ayanna Gaines and Tom Smith '95 
have had an interesting first year of marriage. 
Ayanna developed a repetitive strain injuty in 
October 1 996, making it impossible for her 
to work as an editor. The company that Tom 
worked tor unraveled m December, |ust in 

time tor Christmas. "Fortunately, our love tor 
each other and the support and love of our 
parents has kept us afloat," Ayanna wntes. 
"Things have been looking up. Tom has been 
working as a game designer tor High Voltage 
Software since Februaty, and I will be earning 
my master's in libraty and infomiation science 
at Dominican University starting this fall." 
Ayanna and Tom can be reached at 134 S. 
Hai-vey, ist Fir., Oak Park, 111. 60302. 

Eric Kai Huang reports that Michael 
Browne and Gail Shina were married on 
June 11 at the Fruitlands Museum outside 
Boston. "It was a beautiful outdoor ceremony, 
followed by dinner and dancing," Eric writes. 
"There were many Bninonians in attendance, 
including the groom's sister. Ginger '96, and 
their father, Allen '67." 


Row Your Boat: Jamie Koven '95 nabbed 
a gold medal in the single sculls event at 
the World Rowing Championships in 
France in September. His medal was one of 
three golds the American men took home. 
At the same event, Whitney Post '95 
placed fifth in the women's lightweight 

Josh Kanner and Elisabeth Fieldstone 

'95 were married at Josh's home in Pittsfield, 
Mass., on July 13. "As they were the first of 
our set to go. many fellow Brownies were in 
attendance," write Rebecca Labbe and Eric 
Karpinski. "Sarah Amory.Jed Lippard 
'9s, Matt Crowe, Jon Richter, Jeremy 
Kovacs and the two of us gave toasts. In 
August the newlyweds left for a year in Spain, 
where Josh is studying environmental policy 
effects on industty on a Rotaty scholarship, 
and Elisabeth is recovering from two years of 
teaching by learning the flamenco and per- 
fecting her Sangria recipe." 

David Levithan reports: "A gala conflu- 
ence of Brown folk descended upon Balti- 
more to celebrate the nuptials of Andrew 
Fanner and Carin Reynolds (Colby '89, 
Princeton Seminaty '97). Husband and wife 
are becoming pillars of their community, as a 
fifth-grade teacher and a pastor (respectively). 
At the reception, Sniita Narula dazzled all 
with tales of her recent graduation from Har- 
vard law, while Eric Fleegler and George 
Younis pondered their third year of nied 
school. Christopher Armstrong is doing 
funky things with DNA at MIT. I am editing 
and writing children's books in New York 
City. Derek Gordon and Jennifer Roth- 
blatt are about to sojourn to Brazil for a year, 
where Jen will continue her linguistic studies. 
Abby Demopulos is consulting m Boston. 
Rachel Breni is studying biocheiiisitiT m San 
Francisco, Dan Berg is completing Ins medi- 

cal studies in St. Louis. Finally, Mike Nathan- 
son IS teaching geometty off the coast of 
New Haven. The wedding was sublime. Unit 
69 remains as it was, only older." David can 
be reached at (212) 343-4639. 

Ava Nepaul and Asha Swaroop '97 
M.D., New Britain, Conn., took a tour of 
Italy during the first two weeks of June. "We 
figured going to Europe would be a great 
way to celebrate Asha's graduation from 
Brown medical school," Ava writes. "Trang 
Nguyen recently accepted a position with 
Millennium, a phannaceutical company. She 
was to relocate to the Boston metro area in 
August. I also recently hung out with Gladys 
Mendez, who is working at Sloan-Kettering 
Memonal in New York." Ava can be reached 
at nepaul@psychiatty'. 

Jennifer Sprague and James Ftyer (RISD 
'94) were mamed m Rye, N.Y., on May iS. 
"We were vety fortunate to have friends and 
family from Brown and RISD join us for the 
celebration, "Jennifer writes. "Brown alumni 
included James's parents, Geraldine Caruso 
Fryer '60 and Hugh Nevin Fryer '60, as 
well as James's brother, Robert Fryer '88." 
James and Jennifer are at North Carolina State 
University, where James is working on his 
master's m industrial design and Jennifer is a 
second-year veterinaty student. 

Jessica Stevens and Stephen Pollard 
were hitched on June is. "The wedding was 
a beautiful display of love, joy, family, and 
Brunonian spint," Stephen writes. "The wed- 
ding party" included Julie SaflTer as maid of 
honor, Chris Mangin and Spencer Freed- 
man as chuppah bearers, and Emily Whit- 
comb, Karen Grace. Rob Sambursky. and 
Matt Steele as ushers. "Jessica and Stephen 
can be readied at 19 Verndale St., #2, Brook- 
line, Mass., 02146; 


Ben Bowler reports that the San Francisco 
Bay Area chapter of the Brown Gay and Les- 
bian Alumni recently held a gounnet barbecue 
at the home of Brad Simon '93 in the Cas- 
tro. Ben, Jen Com '94, Eric Wallner "90, 
and Joe Rudy "88 coordinated the event and 
hosted a large turnout of queer Brown alumni 
and their friends. For information about 
future plans, contact Ben at (415) 281-5137 or 

David Bowsher finished his first year at 
Duke Law School, where Joe Grant finished 
his second year and Sandy Choi also finished 
her first year. David spent the first half of the 
summer working tor a finu m Birmingham. 
Ala. "One of the attorneys I worked with was 
Ted Hosp "89, a Brown alum and a fomier 
secretaty and treasurer of the Brown sailing 
team (like me)," David writes. "For the rest 
of the summer 1 was in Washington, D.C., 111 
the antitrust division at the Department of 
lustice." David can be reached at 1315 Mor- 
reene Rd., #23-L, Durham, N.C. 27705: 
(919) 3S2-9948; da\id.bowsher(«' 

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Brown was there. 

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Vassilis Christakis, Thessalonini, Greece, 
recently received his master's in foreign ser- 
vice from the Georgetown School of Foreign 
Service. Vassilis entered the Greek Amied 
Forces for eighteen months of mandatory 
militaPi' sen'ice ni September. 

Billy Donoghue. Chicago, wntes: "Hav- 
ing completed my first year m the M.F.A. 
acting program at DePaul University, 1 am 
pleased to announce my engagement to Jen- 
nifer Guberman '<-)(i. Jennifer now lives m 
New York City and works for Forbes magazine, 
but we plan to settle in Chicago after the 

Feisal Maroof begins Columbia Business 
School in the fall. He can be reached at (914) 
72S-6431 or 

Heather Terbell writes: "After working 
in Santa Barbara for two years, 1 began at 
use Medical School this year. I correspond 
with Anne Marie Ryan often. She is living 
in Loncion with her husband and working for 
Doriing Kindersley. I also see Amanda 
Hayes once in a while. She is living in Mon- 
terey and teaching at the Robert Louis 
Stevenson School." Heather can be reached 
at 6j 1 1 Monterey Rd., #301, Los Angeles 

Montana this fall. The three celebrated at an 
East Village party at Vain hosted by Clara 
Markowitz '94, and attended by Christina 
Kulukundis "93, Grenville Gooder '94, 
and Lisa Harnian '9s. 


Joshua Bell is working toward his M.Phil, in 
ethnology' and museum ethnography at O.x- 
ford University. He can be reached at joshua. 

Kenneth Shieh has started his second 
year at Columbia University College of 
Physicians and Surgeons in New York with 
Scott Gilbert, Rose Cohen, John Morrow, 
and Bill Harris '')<,. He and Scott spent the 
summer working for Oxford Health Plans in 
Manhattan. Kenneth can be reached at ks289 

David Wadler relocated to Pans on Aug. 
9. "Hopefully 1 can find employment and 
have a fantastic experience for a full year," he 
writes. David can be reached directly at djw, or through his parents at (si'') 


Arianne Chernock and Melissa Mann are 

program coordinators tor Dress for Success 
New York (DSNY), an organization founded 
by Nancy Lublin '<)} that distributes work- 
related clothing to low-income women. 

Elise Keppler was named a Herbert 
Scovillc Jr. Peace Fellow for the fall of 1997. 
She is one of five felkiws chosen for this 
semester, and she will spend several months 
working with the National Security News 
Service in Washington, D.C'. 

Reuben Steiger and Lisa Mazzola '93 
are mourning the departure of Danis Banks 
'93 from New York City. Danis began a 
creative writing program at University of 


Eleanor Hess McMahon '54 A.M., Paw- 
tucket. R.I., was honored with the first Dis- 
tinguished Alumna Award from the alumnae 
association at the College ot Saint Elizabeth, 
Mornstown, NJ., in July. McMahon has had 
a distinguished career in education, serving as 
the first commissioner of higher education for 
the state ot Rhode Island and as professor, 
dean, and provost of Rhode Island College. 
She is a visiting professor at Brown's A. 
Alfred Taubman Center for Public Pohcy and 
American Institutions. 


Apple for the Teacher; Last semester, 
Eastern Michigan University Professor of 
Anthropology Karen Sinclair '71 M.A., '76 
Ph.D. won the university's Teaching Excel- 
lence Award. For more than two decades, 
she has combined teaching with research 
on the Maori of New Zealand. 

Louise Luckenbill '64 Ph.D. retired 
from the Ohio Uiiiversir\- College of Osteo- 
pathic Medicine on June 30. She joined the 
university in 1977 as an associate professor 
of zoology and biomedical science and was an 
associate professor of neuroanatomy at the 
time ot her retirement. Luckenbill will con- 
tinue to write articles about the development 
of the brain, and she plans to spend time in 
Woods Hole, Mass., London, and Ville- 
franche, France. 

Peter Ting '66 Sc.M., Holmdel, NJ.. 
was named an AT&T Fellow in July for his 
sustained technical achievement and inven- 
tiveness at the company. One of Ting's early 
successes was in the development of relational 
databases that could nin fast enough to be 
practical on the microcomputer scale. He is 
currently a district manager in AT&T's busi- 
ness markets division. 

Elizabeth Weed "66 Ph.D. has published 
Fciiiiiiiiiii Mccis Qid'cr Tlicory (Indiana Univer- 
sity Press) with Naomi Schor. Weed is asso- 
ciate director ot the Pembroke Center for 
Teaching and Research on Women. 

David Altshuler "71 A.M. (see '71). 

Werner Schlein '71 Ph.D. is general 
manager of Geology and Applied Minerology 
in Santiago, Chile. He is also teaching indus- 
trial chemistry and applied statistics for quality 
control at the Universits- of Santiago. He may 
be reached by tax at (s6)-2-239-s.S99. 

Elaine Chaika '72 Ph.D. (see '56). 

Eleanor Levie '73 M.A.T. writes; "This 
spring marks rwenty-five years since we parted 
company, ready to do battle as America's 
hottest gonna-make-a-difference high school 
teachers. Greg Rubano, still at ToUgate, wins 
a pnze for being the only one of Our Gang 
remaining true to the profession. David 
Casker went the farthest in his teaching 
career - all around the world - but now tlnds 
himself back in his hometown. Morry Ed- 
wards still looks just like Frank Zappa (but 
alive). Kate Soloinon Woodward wonders 
it any of her erstw hile colleagues still ponder 
the finer points ot academic philosophy — 
or screwball comedy. Tom Lutzy is anxious 
that there are folks around who remember a 
goofy laugh lurking behind the debonair 
demeanor. Carl Harrington is interested in 
finding out if he could have married up by 
choosing a woman from the program other 
than me. We want to know what yoii are up 
to, so write, fax, or e-mail a brief summation 
of your life since 1973 to this magazine by 
February 15. The only way for us to have a 
reunion is via the pages of the 6/lAf s May 
issue. We are all too busy to travel. But none 
of us is too busy to relate some personal 
schmooze or professional news." 

James S. Corum '76 A.M. published 
Tlic LiiflWiiftc: CrciUiiii; tlic Operational Air War, 
iQif-^o (University Press of Kansas). He is a 
professor oi comparative military studies at 
the School of Advanced Airpower Studies at 
Maxwell Air Force Base and the author of 
I'iie Roots oj Blitzl^rieg: Hans von Seeekt and 
German Military Reform. 

Joel Silverberg '76 Ph.D. (see '75). 

Anne Schnoebelen '84 A.M. and her 
husband, Dennis Elliott, announce the birth 
ot Carson Michael Schnoebelen Elliott on 
Feb. 3. Schnoebelen would love to hear 
from her classmates and fonner students at 

Betty J. Harris '82 Ph.D.. associate pro- 
fessor of anthropology and director of women's 
studies at the University of Oklahoma, 
recently completed a term as president of the 
National Women's Studies Association. She 
has been awarded a research Fulbnght to South 
Africa, where she \\-ill work on a new book. 

Elizabeth Reis '82 A.M. has published 
Damned Women: Sinners and Witches in Pmitan 
New England (Cornell University Press). Reis 
teaches history and women's studies at the 
Universits' of Oregon. 

Noreen Tuross 'Xs Ph. P. was named 
executive director of the Thomas J. Watson 
Foundation in August. She is the first scientist 
to direct the thirty-six-year-old foundation, 
and she will ser\-e a two-year tenn. Previously 
she was a research biochemist for the Smith- 
sonian Institution for eight years. Tuross is 
widely published in her field and is currently 
editor ot the |ournal Aneieiil Biomoleenles. 

Richard M. Golden S7 Ph D . William 
F. Katz 'S7 Ph.D.. and Alice J. O'Toole 
'S,s Ph.D. (see P. Andrew Penz '61). 

Robert Rubin 'S9 Ph. P.. Sharon. Mass., 

76 • N V i;M li i:u / l)i:(; 1. M H I I) 1997 

was named senior vice president and chief 
technology otTicer at Cahners Piibhshing in 
August. He is responsible for developing the 
coinpanv's technolog\' strategy. Previously 
Rubin was a principal investigator at GTE 
Laboratories, vice president ot research and 
development at NetScheme Solutions Inc. of 
Marlborough, Mass., and a chief architect at 
Lotus Developnment Corp. 

John Lowney '91 Ph.D. has published 
The Aiiicrii:ivi Ai'aiil-Giirdc Tnidilioii: Williain 
Ciirlos Williams, Posliiiodcin Poetry ami the Poli- 
tics ofCultuhjl Memory (Bucknell University 
Press). He is an assistant professor of English 
at St. John's University, New York, and has 
published articles on William Carlos Williams, 
Thoreau. and Vietnam War narratives by 
American women writers. 

Helena Ragone 'yi Ph.D. has published 
Situated Lire<: Gender and Ciillitre in Ereryday 
Life (Routledge), co-edited with Louise Lani- 
phere and Patricia Zavella. Ragone's first 
book was Snrrogate Motherliood: Conception in 
tlie Heart (Westview Press/Harper Collins, 
iyy4), and she co-edited (with Sarah Franklin) 
Reproducing Reproduction: Kinship, Power, and 
Teclinologicai Innovation (University of Penn- 
sylvania Press, 1997). She can be reached at 

Joy L. De Jesiis "9s A.M. is the editor ot 
Groifim; Ip Puerto Rican: An Antliology 
(William Morrow and Co.). 

Marcella Anderson "96 M.A.T. (see 
Jason TargofFy3). 


Philip KantoflFyy (see "76). 

Marie Johantgen 'S7 moved to Portland, 
Oreg.. last year and is working tor Kaiser in 
Vancouver, Wash. She loves the Northwest 
and would love to hear from friends at 2206 
N.E. 40th Ave., Portland 97212; 

Amy Beth R. Hilton ss and Richard 
E.Johnson "74, "SS M.D. belatedly announce 
the birth of Patrick Jess Johnson on Oct. 21. 
1996. He joins big brother Chnstopher. 
"Patrick had flaming red hair when he was 
bom," Amy writes. "At nine months he weighs 
twenty-five pounds and has strawbem'-blond 
hair. Perhaps he will be a starting linebacker 
on the football team in 2015." They can be 
reached at hiltooo3@ 

Kim Thompson SS (see Ss). 

Rosemary Boghosian Miner Sy (see 


Thomas Miner '91 (see 'S6). 

Andy Woo 'yi Ph.D., '92 M.D. married 
Ctina Bettinsoli (USC "93 M.S.W.) in Santa 
Monica in August 199''). In the wedding party 
were best man David Lai 'S6, Dave Chat- 
teijee "90 Ph.D., Brad Simons 'S4, '91 
Ph.D., '92 M.I).. Ben Segal 'S4. 'S8 M.D., 
and Jonathan Goodman Sy M.A.T. Andy's 
dad. T.C. Vio Ph.D., also attended, and 
Valerie Lau-Kee Lai Ss sang for the cere- 
monv. Andv and Cina live in Santa Monica, 

where she is a counselor for the Minoriry 
AII^S Project ot L.A. and he has joined a neu- 
rology practice after finishing his residency 
and fellowship at UCLA. Andy can be reached 
at ahwoo(S! 

John Sabra '9s (see "91). 

Ximena Paez '95 (see John Sabra yi). 

Kathryn Lin '97 (see '93). 

James Lin '97 (see '93). 

Asha Swaroop '97 (see Ava Nepaul '94). 


Edward J. Corcoran is, Middletown, 
R.l.;June S. At 103, he was the oldest prac- 
ticing lawyer in Rhode Island and was active 
with Corcoran, Peckham & Hayes until he 
became ill in May. A member ot the Rhode 
Island Board ot Bar E.xaiiiiners for many 
years, he was a trustee of Newport Hospital 
and of the Bank of Newport. He was Mid- 
dletown town moderator from 1953 to I9sy 
and town solicitor from 1954 to 1969. An 
active philanthropist, he established the Preser- 
vation Society of Newport County and. with 
the Vanderbilt family, acquired The Breakers 
tor that organization. He was a trustee ot St. 
Mary Church m Newport for many years. He 
IS survived by a ciaughter: tour sons, including 
Edward 'so. William 's2, and John '53; and 
tburteen grandchildren, including Edward 
H. II 79, Margaret M. Corcoran-Leys 'S6. 
and Jane 'yi. 

Olive Briggs Harrington '21, '22 A.M., 
East Creenwich, R.I.; July iS. A part-time 
correspondent tor the Rhode Island Pendnhini 
for forry-seven years, she was well known for 
her column, "Frenchtown News." She was 
active in the Kent County Repubhcan Club, 
the AAUW Bookwonns, and the East Green- 
wich Republican Club. She is sureived by 
two daughters, including Polly Harrington 
LaLiberte '52, So Moose Horn Rd., East 
Greenwich 02S1S; two sons; and a niece, 
Viola Harrington Fitzpatrick si 

Annie Coggeshall Cooke '22, East Provi- 
dence, R. I.; June iS. She was a hbrarian for 
forty-four years. 

Laurence S. Day '22, Melrose, Mass.; June 
30. A retired credit manager for W.F. SchratTt 
and Sons Corp. in Boston, he was a former 
president of the Boston Credit Men's Associ- 
ation and a former director of the National 
Association of Credit Management. He also 
taught at Northeastern University's evening 
school for rwenty-one years. He is survived by 
his wife, Virginia, y27 Franklin St., Melrose 
02176; a son, John '53: and two daughters. 

Earle V.Johnson '24, Longwood, Fla.; 
April ly. He was the retired director of the 

appraisal stafTof the General Services Admin- 
istration. Previously he was in commercial 
and residential real estate in Lincoln, Neb., 
where he helped organize the state chapter of 
the Society of Real Estate Appraisers. He 
began working for the federal government in 
Washington, D.C., in iy57 and served as the 
Washington-area president of the Society of 
Real Estate Appraisers. He is survived by two 

Benjamin D. Roman '25, East Alstead, 
N.H.;June 29. In 19O3 he became an assistant 
dean at Brown and adviser tor student atfairs. 
He later served as dean of students before 
retiring in 1969. A lifelong teacher, he was a 
Latin instructor at Brookline (Mass.) High 
School, a teacher at Phillips Exeter Academy, 
the headmaster of Blair Academy in Blairs- 
town, NJ., and an assistant headmaster at the 
Peddie School in Hightstovvn, NJ. He served 
as chief marshal for the Commencement pro- 
cession in 1975 and received the Brown Bear 
Award in lySo. He is survived by his wife, 
Sandra, Forest Rd., East Alstead 03602; and 
two daughters. 

Charles B. Dixon '26. Melbourne. Fla.; July 
I. He was a retired district manager tor Shell 
Oil Co. At Brown he played football for four 
years and was captain of the baseball team. He 
is survived by his wife, 1020 Royal Oak Ct., 
Melbourne 32y40; and two sons. 

Eunice E. Sharp '26, Middletown, R.I.; 
Apnl 3. She was a science teacher in Massa- 
chusetts and Connecticut high schools before 
becoming a librarian. She was chief librarian 
of the public library in Plymouth, Mass., until 
her retirement in iy66. She then worked as a 
missionary in the Hbrary of Amerikan Kolegi, 
a high school tor boys in Tarsus, Turkey. 

Theta Holmes Wolf '27, '29 A.M., Jupiter, 
Fla.; April 2. She was a retired professor at the 
University of Illinois in Chicago. She is sur- 
vived by a son, John Wolf 6S04 Chase Rd., 
Lafayette, N.Y. 130S4. 

Grace L. Martin '2S, Fall River, Mass.; June 
22, 1995. She was a high school math teacher. 
She is survived by a niece, Virginia Yatrate, 
78 Lucy Ln.. Brockton, Mass. 02401. 

Bradford A. Clark '29, Providence; July 3. 

Until retiring in iy66. he was managing 
supei"visor tor the Providence sewage plant. 
He was a U.S. Aniiy veteran of World War II, 
attaining the rank of captain. An official timer 
for aquatic events, he received special recog- 
nition trom the Rhode Island Acjuatic Hall ot 
Fame. He was a recipient of many awards in 
his field. A former board member of the New 
England Chapter of the American Public 
Works Association, he was .also its past president. 

Elise Joslin Moulton 2y. Providence; June 
[4. She was a at the Plimpton Library 
of Williston Academy, East Hampton. Mass.; 



the Providence Public Library; and the Pom- 
fret School Library in PomtVet, Conn. She 
was a member and officer of the Pembroke 
College Club of Rhode Island and the Girl 
Scouts of America, Narragaiisett Council. 

Stephen T. Davis '30, New Rochelle. N.Y.; 
May 30, 1995. He is survived by a nephew. 
Steve Davis, yfi Wingate Rd., Holliston, Mass, 

George D. Gilbert '30, Deeifield, III: July 
1 1 . A retired vice president of the education 
book division ot Prentice Hall in Englewood 
Clirts, N.J., he had also worked for Allen & 
Bacon Book Publishing Co. in Boston. He 
was a lieutenant commander in the U.S. 
Navy during World War H. He is survived by 
a son, Steven. 141 5 Northwood Dr.. Deer- 
field 60015. 

Manuel Selcngut '30, Landing. N.J.; Feb. 7. 
of a heart attack. He was propnetor of S&S 
Construction Co. and developer of Shore 
Hills Estates, a community ot custom homes 
in northwestern New Jersey. Owner of 
Fidelity Capital Co. of New York City, he 
also owned several other fimis dealing in 
insurance, real estate management, and finance. 
He was a member of the Collectors Club of 
New York and a tomier member ot the 
Amencan Stamp Dealers' Association. He is 
survived by his wife, Dorothy, P.O. Box 
D403. Landing 07S50; two sons, including 
Arnold '64; and five grandchildren, including 
Jeremy '8y. 

William Stepak '31. Spokane. Wash.; Feb. 
2S. He was a retired teacher and head of the 
math department at Classicil High School in 
Providence. He is survived by his wife. 
Dorothy. 1926 E. 36th Ave.. Spokane 99203. 

Henrietta Chase Thacher '31. Centerville, 
Mass.; July 11. She was a service representa- 
tive and supervisor for the New England 
Telephone Co. in Hyannis, Mass.. retiring in 
1974. She is survived by a daughter and a son. 

John N. Cooper '32. St.imtord. Conn.; 
April 15. He was a retired partner of Cooper 
&■ Dunham. He is survived by his wife. |oce- 
lyn. 711 Rockrimmon Rd.. Stamford 06903; 
two daughters; and three sons. 

Harold W. Rasmussen '32. Longwood. 
Fla.; April 14. He a retired executive vice 
president of First National State Bank, Newark, 
NJ. He is survived by his wite, Helen, 450 
Village PL, #306, Longwood 32779. 

Joseph E. Fanning '}}. Providence; July 11. 
He was a tax accountant tor the former Grin- 
nell Corp. A World War II U.S. Navy vet- 
eran, he served as a manager of the State 
Employees Credit Union and as president of 
the Rhode Island Credit Union League. The 
Ancient Order of Hibernians honored hini .is 
"Everyone's of tiie Year" in 1990. 

He is survived by a daughter, Barbara M. 
Brady. RD i. Box 304. Salt Point. N.Y. i2S7cS. 

William G. Fieneinann '33. Wallingtbrd. 
Conn.; June 2. He was a selt-employecf t]ualit^' 
consultant to industries, t'ocusing on special 
metals and parts. During World War II. he 
served four years as a lieutenant commander 
in the U.S. Navy and was awarded a Letter of 
Commendation. He is survived by two 
daughters, includingjudith Kaprinski. 10 
Sorghum Mill Dr.. Cheshire. Conn. 06070. 

Carl W. Hagquist 34. '3S Ph.D.. Madison. 
Wis.; May 1 1. He was head of the zoology 
department and later a vice president of Tri- 
arch Products of Ripon. Wis., a suppHer of 
microscope shdes for education and research. 
He also taught part-time at Ripon College, 
leading classes in embryology, histology, and 
comparative anatomy. He is survived by his 
son. Bill. 7853 N. Yahara Rd.. DeForest. 
Wis. S3 532; and a daughter. 

Frank W. Moler '34. Valley Center. Calif; 
May 31, after a long illness. A consuldng 
engineer, he designed the Valley Center Fire 
Station. He is survived by a son, a daughter, 
and a brother, John '31, 223S S. Yank Ct.. 
Lakewood. Colo. H022S. 

Anthony Silvestri '35. Centerville, Mass.; 
Aug. 2. He worked m sales for the foniier 
Nairagansett Brewing Co. tor more than thirty 
years, retiring m 1983. A U.S. Army veteran 
of World War II. he served as a captain with 
tlie 3rd Corps Artillei-y m France. Luxem- 
bourg. Belgium, and Germany, anci received 
the Bronze He is survived by his wife. 

Lester G. Bernstein '36. Phoenix. July 31. 
He was a t'ormer co-owner of Bernstein's 
Clothing Store in Pawtucket, R.I., as well as 
past president of the Pawtucket Retail Mer- 
chants Association. He was a World War II 
veteran. Survivors include his wife. Avis. 3819 
E. Camelback Rd.. #279. Phoenix 8soi8; 
three sons; and a cousin, Allan R. Brent '38. 

Arthur E. Terry '36. Pittsburgh; July 1. He 
was a senior industrial engineer for U.S. Steel. 
Survivors include his wife. Ehzabeth, 1 290 
Boyce Rd., #0424, Pittsburgh IS241. 

Josephine Russo Carson '38, '56 A.M.. 
Newport, R.I.;July 23, of injuries sustained 
m a fire. For twenty years she worked as 
the biomedical librarian 111 Brown's Sciences 
Library, where she helped develop library 
resources tor the medical school curnculiini. 
An active volunteer, she served as president of 
Friend.s of the Newport Librai-y. a board mem- 
ber of Child and Family Services, and president 
of the local AARP chapter. 

Leland R. Mayo Jr. '40. Akron. Ohio; li 22, Lie was a retired chemist for E.l. 
DuPoiil I )e Nemours Co. He is survived bv 

his wife. Phyllis. 206 Springcrest Dr.. Akron 
44333; a brother, Clyde '42; and a sister, 
Phyllis '45. 

Thoinas R. McCabe '40, Cape Haze, Fla.; 
May 29. He retired in 1977 after thirty years 
of government service. He was director of 
student exchange programs in Berlin and Paris 
and a personnel officer with the U.S. Navy. 
During World War II he served in the Navy 
as a lieutenant in the Pacific and European 
theaters. He is survived by his wite, Manon; 
two sons; and three daughters. 

Everett W. Maynert '41, Chicago; June 12. 
A professor of pharmacology at the Univer- 
sity of lUinois Medical School in Chicago, he 
is credited with many discoveries in his field. 
During World War II, he conducted research 
for the National Defense Research Council. 

Richard H. Brown '42. Warwick. R.I.; 
June 9. He was an analytical chemist tor Nat- 
ick Labs for twenty years, retinng in 1972. 
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II 
and the Korean War. He is survived by his 
wife. Mildred; three sons; and a daughter. 

Howard L. Sloneker Jr. '42, Palm Desert, 
C.ilif; luiie 1 1. He was past president and 
chairman of the board of the Ohio Casualty 
Group of Insurance Companies. He began his 
career as an undenvriter trainee at the com- 
pany, which was founded by his father in 
1919. In 1953, he was named president, and 
ten years later he became chief executive offi- 
cer. He was a U.S. Navy heutenant in World 
War II. He is survived by his wife, Louise, 
136 N. 3rd St., Hamilton. Ohio 45025; two 
daughters; and a son. 

Howell C. Wagner '42. Park City. Utah; 
Jan. 4. He was a retired mechanical engineer. 
He is survived by his wife. Deneige. 530 
Wesetch Way, Park City S4098. 

John W. Hird Jr. '43. Pawtucket. R. I. .July 
I 1 . The tbrnier owner of Oil Heating Equip- 
ment Inc.. he recently was corporation secre- 
tary' and bookkeeper tor National Laminating 
Inc. ill East Providence. He also served as a 
lieutenant junior grade in the U.S. Navy dur- 
ing World War II. He is survived by his wife. 
Loretta. 1 1 1 Lee St.. Pawtucket 02861; three 
daughters; and two sons. 

Daniel I. Sargent '46. North Salem, N.Y.; 
|uly 17, ot cancer. A senior marketing direc- 
tor at Salomon Brothers Inc., where he had 
worked since 1968. he founded the firm's 
corporate finance department. Previously he 
was an engineer at W.R. Grace & Co., vice 
president of Hanover Trust Co.. and presi- 
tfent of the Houston Chemical Corp. He 
ser\'ed as an ensign in the U.S. Navy during 
World War II. He is sui-vived by his wife, 
Elaine. Keeler Ln.. RR i. North Salem 10560; 
tour sons, includingjohn '78; and two 

7.S ♦ N o V KM H r, H , 1) I (; 1-. M iii;U 1997 

Walter F. Spear "47, Bloomfield, Conn.; 
July 27. He was an engineer for United 
Technologies, retiring in 1989, and a govern- 
ment-registered small wooden boat builder. 
A veteran of World War II. he served m both 
the U.S. Nav>- and the Coast Guard. He is 
survived by his wife, Jean, 22 Foothills Way, 
Bloomtleld 0(1002; and two daughters. 

Donald R. Thompson 47, Weatogue, 
Conn.; March 21, 1991. He is survived by his 
wife, Margaret, 2_s Castlewood Rd., Wea- 
togue 06089. 

John D. Phelps '48. Churchville, Md.; Feb. 
14, 1996, ot Alzheimer's disease. He was an 
electronic scientist. Dunng World War II he 
was an aviation cadet in the U.S. Naval 
Reserves. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, 
3005 Rolling Green Dr., Churchville 21028. 

Frederick M. Downey 'so, Norfolk, Mass.; 
June ly. He worked for the Travelers Insur- 
ance Co. in Columbus, Ohio; Detroit; and 
Baltimore. Survivors include his wife, 40 Park 
St., Norfolk 02056. 

Franklin O. Sheard '50, Brookfield, Vt., 

Nov. 12, 1996. A retired special education 
teacher for the Bay Shore, N.Y., school sys- 
tem, he also was an artist who worked in oils 
and acryhcs. He is survived by his wife, Anita, 
Box 499, Brookfield OS036. 

Ruth Wilder Sherman '50, Sept. i, 1992. 
She was elected a Fellow of the American 
Society of Genealogists in 1975 and compiled 
and edited volumes I and II of the Mayflower 
Five-Generation Project. She also edited the 
Mayflou'cr Quarterly from 1966 to 1978 and 
compiled the vital records of Marshfield, Fal- 
mouth, and Yarmouth, Mass.; and of North 
Yarmouth, Maine. In 1983, she and her hus- 
band became co-editors and publishers of Tlie 
American Gciieahgisl. At the time of her death 
she had nearly completed the vital records of 
Plymouth, Mass. 

Francis L. Foley '51, Jackson, Mich.; April 
22. He was a general sales manager in the 
industnal products division of Aeroquip. He 
is survived by his wite, Yvonne, 1313 West- 
lane, Jackson 49203. 

William R. Almond "52, Lancaster, Pa.; 

Apnl 17, after a long illness. He was a physi- 
cist for RCA and for Hamilton Watch. A 
member of Toastmasters of Lancaster County, 
he was also a member of the Speakers Bureau 
and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Lancaster 
County. He a lifetime member of the 
Millersville Junior Chamber of Commerce 
and a t'ormer officer of the Wheatland Federal 
Credit Union. He is survived by his wife, 
Joanne, 508 Capri Rd.. Lancaster 17603; two 
daughters; and four sons. 

Allen J. Bartunek '52. Berea, Ohio; Feb. 2. 
He was a lawyer and a tbniier state represen- 

tative in the Ohio House of Representatives. 
He is survived by his brother, Jerry, 270 
Hickory Hill, Chagnn Falls, Ohio 44022; and 
two daughters. 

Etta Franklin Wilson '52, West Greenwich, 
R.I.; Aug. 8. She had been a real estate bro- 
ker for Andrew C. Smiley Inc., a district 
director for the Camp Fire Girls, and a dieti- 
tian at the Good Hope Center in West Green- 
wich. She IS survived by her husband, Win- 
throp B. Wilson '51; 132 Sharpe St., W. 
Greenwich. R.I. (12817; and two daughters. 

Ralph Tortis 's3, Bristol, R. I.; June 7. He 
was a tool and die maker fbr the fomier Task 
Tool Co. of East Providence, retiring in 
1984. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of 
World War II and the Korean War. A mem- 
ber of Haven United Methodist Church, he 
was a tomaer Sunday school supenntendent. 
He was also active in the Boy Scouts, the Cys- 
tic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Masons. He 
is survived by his wife, Natalie, RFD Slocum 
Rd., Bnstol 02809; a son; and a daughter. 

Richard D. Fairfield "s4, Warwick, R.I.; 
July 20. Before retiring in 1979, he was super- 
visor of the Warwick Parks and Recreation 
Department. He was a U.S. Amiy veteran of 
World War II and took part in the Battle of 

John A. Peterson '56, Milford, Conn.; Aug. 
1 4. He was a real estate broker who worked 
in the Milford area for many years. He was 
president of his class at Brown and later served 
as a reunion chair. He is survived by a brother, 
James, 192 Gulf St., #103, Milford 06460. 

Herbert H. Hulsejr. s8, Tucson, Anz.; 
June 1 1. He worked for Raymond Interna- 
tional m Houston, retinng in 199s. Previously 
he worked for TransOcean Oil and for vari- 
ous brokerage companies in New York City, 
Los Angeles, and Houston. He was an officer 
m the U.S. Navy for two years following 
graduation. He is survived by his wife, Linda, 
322s N. Riverband Cir. W., Tucson 85750. 

Ramonda Kump Bridges '62, Mill Valley, 
Calit.; May 29. She was a psychotherapist. 
She IS survived by her husband. William '63 
Ph.D., 130 Suininit Ave., Mill Valley 94941. 

Roger H. Clarke III "62, Thornton, Pa.; 
July 13, of cancer. He was a mechanical engi- 
neer and a fonner associate professor of engi- 
neering technology at Temple University. He 
began his career with DuPont in Wilming- 
ton, Del., and held supervisory piisitions with 
companies in Florida, Wisconsin, and Penn- 
sylvania. He IS survived by his wife, Carole, 
10 Highpomt Dr., Thornton 19373. 

Richard W. Pearce Jr. '64, Wanvick. R.I.; 
June 23. He was senior vice president and 
secretary of AMIC'A Insurance from 1989 until 
his retirement in Februarv. after more than 

thirty-one years with the company. He servec 
in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1964 
to 1970. He was a deacon of First Baptist 
Church in Wickford. He is survived by his 
wife, Linda, 41 Beacon Dr.. North Kingstown, 
R.I. 02859: two sons; a daughter; his father, 
Richard '36; and a brother, David '65. 

Howard E. Zeskind '67, Tucson, Ariz.; 
June 15. He was assistant headmaster of Saint 
Gregory School in Tucson. He served as 
Brown's area chair for the National Alumni 
Schools Program. He is survived by his wife, 
Lorraine, 5148 N. Pontatoc Rd., Tucson 

Thomas E. Martin '72, Milwaukee; June 25. 
After a year in private law practice, he joined 
the U.S. Justice Department as an assistant 
U.S. attorney in the Southeastern Wisconsin 
Regional Office in Milwaukee. In 1978 the 
Justice Department honored him with an 
award, and in 1981 he was named the local 
head of its strike force against organized crime. 
He returned to pnvate practice four years 
later and concentrated on family, civil, crimi- 
nal, and probate law. He is survived by a 
brother, Robert '68, 14 Shadow Ln., Larch- 
mont, N.Y. 10538. 

Brian P. Murphy "87, Litrie Neck, N.Y.; 
May 14. He was an attorney with Conway, 
Farrell, Curtin & KeUy. He is survived by his 
wife. Dawn, 12 Long Shore St., Bayshore, 
N.Y. 1 1706. 

Tamara Nuttall Cardi '90, Rome, Italy; 
May 26. She was employed by the Italian 
government as an English teacher. She is sur- 
vived by her mother. Lady Caroline Nuttall, 
3 Albert PI., London W8 5PD; her father. Sir 
Nicholas Nuttall. La Playa, P.O. Box N 7776, 
Nassau, Bahamas; her husband, Lorenzo; 
and a son. 

Stuart L. Finlayson '95, Greenwich, Conn.; 
March i , while hiking on Mt. Hood, New 
Zealand. He was a double concentrator, grad- 
uating with A.B. degrees in political science 
and history. He is survived by his parents, Mr. 
and Mrs. John L. Finlayson, 225 Round Hill 
Rd.. Greenwich, Conn. 06831. 

Vincent Whitney, Drexel Hill, Pa.; July 8, 
of congestive heart failure. A sociology pro- 
fessor at Brown from 1947 to 1959, he served 
as department chair and organized the popu- 
lation program that later became the Popula- 
tion Studies and Training Center. 

Brooke E. Gonzalez '01. Providence; Sept. 
4. of injuries sust.uned m an automobile acci- 
dent. A graduate of Deerfield Academy, she 
was a rwo-time member of the U.S. Interna- 
tional 420 Sailing Team and competed in the 
last two world championships. She is survived 
by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter W. Gon- 
zalez, 1021 Park Ave., New York City 10028; 
and a brother. O^ 

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BY PETER ALLEN '68 A.M., "74 I'H.D. 


he young doctor cupped his hands 
behind the old man's head and 
kissed his stubbly cheek. "I love you 
so much. Father." he said. The old 
man beamed. His rheumy eyes lit 
up, and he patted his son on the 
back and mumbled what a good 
boy he was. 

The year was 1970, the 
place a tiny Greek village 
where I was spending a year 
conducting research for my 
doctorate in anthropology. 
The doctor was a local 
boy, his father an illiterate 

As I watched the 
Greek doctor embrace his 
father, I felt envious. My 
own father is a somewhat 
grufi individual whom I 
have never kissed, hideed. 
the only physical contact we 
share is an occasional hand- 
shake. So when I arrivecl in 
Greece, I was startled to find 
that people there had none of 
our society's inhibitions about z 
touching members of the same ; ' 
sex. It wasn't unusual to see 5 
teenage girls holding hands i 
with each other on their way 
to and from school. Fathers and 
sons kissed and hugged openlv, 
often with great vigor. 

One old man would hook 
his arm through mine and lead 
me back and forth across the village 
square, absently stroking my wrist 
as he talked animatedly about world 
affairs. We'd argue - he was a great fan of 
Richard Nixon, and 1 was not — anci as 
the conversation heated up, he'd pull me 
closer and closer to make his points more 
emphatically. At first I was a bit uncom- 
fortable, unaccustomed as I was to having 
this .sort of physical contact with another 
male. But soon I came to enjoy my close 
encounters with Uncle Andonis and oth- 
ers. Many a night I returned home from 
an evening at the local taverna with my 
arms draped around my companions and 
theirs around me, supporting each other 
as we' stumbled over the loose stones of 

A Father's 

the rough village paths. We often kissed 
each other's cheeks in parting. 

When I returned to the States in 1971 
after an absence of almost two years, my 
father greeted me with his usual slightly 
uneasy handclasp. I guess I had assumed 
my Greek experience would somehow be 
transmitted to my father, and he would 
greet me with a great bear hug and loud 
kisses on both cheeks. I was more than a 
litde disappointed. 

Even a bad scare didn't change my 
father's undemonstrative m.inner toward nic. 
A tew vears after the trip to Cireece, I was 

listed as nussmg by the State Department 
during a crisis in Cyprus, where I'd been 
working on an archaeological excavation. 
When I came home, my worried parents 
drove from western Massachusetts to Ken- 
nedy Airport to meet me. But all I got fi-om 
my father was, once again, a handshake. 

I'm \'ery physical with my fvvo young 

sons. They lov'e getting kisses and hugs 

from me, and we're forever declaring our 

mutual love. But if the day comes when 

they protest "Yuck! Forget it, Dad!" when 

I drop them off at school and ask for a 

hug. I'll understand. This, after all, is 

how fathers and sons behave in our 

culture. When my sons are young 

adults and our intimate contact is 

reduced to a handshake, I'll have 

few regrets - as long as we share 

something meaningful. 

I've come to realize, too, 
that m\' father and I commu- 
: nicate well 111 other ways. 
We're a good team, for ex- 
ample, when It comes to 
repair projects. Dad and I 
have struggled into the 
wee hours of the night 
to fix a faulty bearing on 
my old Volkswagen. One 
Thanksgiving weekend, we 
set out to fell an enormous 
oak tree in my parents' 
hackvaid. One miscalculation 
and the tree would ha\e 
crashed through their roof 
or their neighbors". It took us 
almost two hours with a tension 
line and a chainsaw to bring that tree 
down, but in the end it fell exacdy where 
we'd intended — diagonally across the 

A few vears ago mv parents were visit- 
ing us on a weekend when 1 was to give a 
slide lecture at the local Greek Orthodox 
church, so they came along. It wasn't an 
academic presentation, and it was hardly 
my greatest professional achievement. But 
when I finished, the audience applauded 
long and loud. I looked out and caught my 
father's eye. The old man was beaming. O^' 

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So ♦ NOVEM lil; H / DEC EM li I H 1997 

The Brown Lamp 

Symbolizing a tradition of excellence for the home or office. 
Solid Marble; Ht. 22"; Wt. 8 Lbs.; Solid Brass 

Sirrica, LTD. is proud to announce the 
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The distinctive Brown University Crest 
is vividly re-created in gold on the 
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features a solid black marble base and 
centerpiece. Indeed, the lamp makes an 
impressive statement of quality about 
the owner. 

You can also have your lamp 
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plate affixed to the marble base. The 
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Of course, you must be completely 
satisfied with the quality of your lamp 
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The Brown Lamp 

The craftsmen of Sirrica, Ltd. are proud to offer the Brown Lamp. This classic solid brass and solid marble table lamp features a 
richly detailed re-creation of the distinctive Brown crest in gold on a black parchment shade. 

Issue price is $159.00 each, plus $8.00 shipping and handling. Include $20.00 for personalization. 
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